Policy Overview

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) conducts health policy and legislative analysis on health care and budget issues affecting Indian health programs. The Board analyzes the Indian Health Service budget and other health care financing programs that impact Indian health care programs. NPAIHB also prepares Congressional testimony for health care financing and other important health policy issues at the federal and state levels. Click on the respective links to access detailed information about each aspect.

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There is a “legal and political relationship” between the United States and Indian Tribes, which establishes a federal responsibility to provide health services to Indian people.  This federal obligation is established in the US Constitution, through treaties and Presidential Executive Orders entered into between the United States and Indian Tribes.  This obligation has been affirmed through numerous court decisions, legislation, and policy declarations by Presidential Administrations.  This federal relationship forms the legal and moral foundation for the creation of health policies between the United States and Indian Tribes.

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is dedicated to upholding the responsibility of the United States to provide health services to Indian people under the federal trust relationship by:

  • Advocating and educating Congressional representatives on treaty rights and how such rights relate to health care in Indian Country.
  • Developing an Annual Legislative plan to provide recommendations on the President’s annual budget and other health care financing programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Tracking legislation and other important health policy issues that affect the delivery of health care to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Finally, facilitating consultation between state and federal agencies and Tribal leaders on health policy issues in order to understand respective concerns to make important decisions on programs and services that effect Indian people.

To learn about Senate Bills and House Reports that may affect American Indian and Alaska Native people in the Northwest read on, or visit Resolutions.

See the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the House Resources SubCommittee on Indian and alaska Native Affairs for a list of legislation that impacts Indian programs. Pending legislation can be tracked using the Floor Activity weekly feature of Thomas.

 

The most recent Federal policy updates:

Name Date Size Hits
NPAIHB IHS DHAT CHAP V2 7-25-16 July 25, 2016 0.6 MiB 665
DHAT Fact Sheets And Reports Links July 25, 2016 1.4 MiB 421
FINAL CHAP And CHRP Background July 25, 2016 0.7 MiB 382
TEMPLATE IHS DHAT CHAP Letter July 25, 2016 28 KiB 408
VA DTLL 9-12-16 September 15, 2016 1.5 MiB 280

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB or Board) understands the significance of tracking appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS) budget.  The IHS budget is the most important source of funding for Indian health programs, and is a recognized obligation of the federal government to provide health services to Indian people.

NPAIHB continues a long-standing tradition of close scrutiny of the IHS budget that began in the 1980s.  The federal trust responsibility and the relationship between Tribes and the federal government, by definition, require a partnership in developing the IHS budget.  Northwest Tribes are dedicated to this partnership by creating an Annual Budget Analysis and Recommendations Report as well as tracking appropriations to IHS programs.

The most recent IHS Budget updates:

 

Name Date Size Hits
Portland Area – FY2019 Final Budget Worksheet June 15, 2017 61 KiB 355
2020 Budget Formulation Deliverables November 1, 2017 0.1 MiB 225
2020-Budget Formulation Support Docs November 1, 2017 0.7 MiB 227
DTLL Signed Letter February 16, 2018 0.2 MiB 137
NPAIHB Letter To IHS On 97-3 Option 5-18-18 Final May 23, 2018 0.3 MiB 13

The most recent Portland Area Facilities (PAFAC) updates:

Name Date Size Hits

The most recent policy issues for Oregon:

Name Date Size Hits
SB738 March 14, 2017 57 KiB 362
Oregon Tribal Leaders Letter to ODA July 28, 2017 0.4 MiB 238
Tribal Consultation And Urban Indian Health Program Confer Policy-Signed 3 March 2, 2018 3.5 MiB 101
Health Care Agenda 9.7.18 FINAL September 13, 2018 0.2 MiB 1
FW Oregon Dept Of Human Services – APD Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) Updates September 13, 2018 62 KiB 1

The most recent policy issues for Idaho:

Name Date Size Hits
SPA 13-004 Incentive Payments For Primary Care Codes April 6, 2016 1.4 MiB 202
12-293 Tribal Solicitation Health Care Acquired Conditions April 6, 2016 0.5 MiB 249
IdahoInsuranceExchange April 6, 2016 0.1 MiB 164
12-476 Tribal Solicitation -School Based Services April 6, 2016 0.5 MiB 336
3 April 6, 2016 8.1 MiB 662

The most recent policy issues for Washington:

Name Date Size Hits