White House and Federal Health Officials Issue Tribal Consultation Update

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Contact: Jared King 
Navajo Nation Washington Office
Tel (202) 682-7390
Cell (202) 421-9207


For Immediate Release
August 10, 2011


White House and Federal Health Officials Issue Tribal Consultation Update


Washington, DC—Representatives from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided outreach to Tribal leaders about Affordable Care Act updates on August 9.

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs discussed proposed rule making with state health insurance Exchanges. Under new guidelines, each state must provide regular consultations with Tribes concerning the Exchange rule making in the Affordable Care Act that will allow tribes to fully participate in state health Exchanges. 

Additionally, Indian Health Service Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux reported that demonstration projects within the president’s fiscal 2012 budget specific to behavior health and facilities construction in Indian Country were not included in the Appropriations Committee markup which took place July 12.

The administration stated they would continue to monitor the appropriations language and negotiate with the legislative body to ensure inclusion in final bill passage (HR 2584).  Details on provisions under the Affordable Care Act for a prescription drug program for seniors that was implemented this month are forthcoming.

HHS also announced that there would be several upcoming Tribal consultations on the Affordable Care Act. Dates of the consultations include: Monday, Aug. 22 in Seattle, Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Denver, Colorado, and Sept. 15-16 in Washington, DC.  



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