NCUIH FACILITATES FIRST FEMA UIO LEADERS CALL

MAY 29, 2020

On May 29, for the first time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met exclusively with a group of Urban Indian Organization (UIO) leaders. The call took place via Zoom video conference. The purpose of the call was to provide UIOs an opportunity to learn about programs open to nonprofits, get questions answered, and open the lines of communication with FEMA officials. FEMA is one of the major operational components that make up the Department of Homeland Security, which is facilitating a whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus.

The following officials from FEMA participated in the call: Acting Director Public Assistance Division Tod Wells; Attorney-Advisor, Federal Indian Law Subject Matter Expert Dorn Lawin; Tribal Affairs Specialist Margeau Valteau; and Tribal Integration Advisor Jessica Specht. Dr. Rose Weahkee, Director of the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs at the Indian Health Service, was also in attendance. FEMA sent NCUIH responses to the questions UIO leaders asked in a document that can be found here.

TRIBAL BUDGET FORMULATION WORKGROUP RELEASES FY22 IHS FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS WITH $200.5 MILLION FOR UIOS

TRIBAL BUDGET FORMULATION WORKGROUP RELEASES FY22 IHS FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS WITH $200.5 MILLION FOR UIOS

On February 13-14, 2020, the Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup (TBFWG) convened in Arlington, Virginia to develop the National Tribal Budget Recommendation for fiscal year (FY) 2022. On May 4, 2020, a summary of the TBFWG’s Budget Recommendation was released in a document called Reclaiming Tribal Health: A National Budget Plan to Rise Above Failed Policies and Fulfill Trust Obligations to Tribal Nations. The FY 2022 National Tribal Budget Recommendation is $12.759 billion, representing a 30% increase above the FY 2021 National Tribal Budget Recommendation.

The TBFWG recommended a $90.94 million increase for the urban Indian health line item, bringing the funding for Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) to a total of $200.5 million.

Other UIO priorities the TBFWG included were:

  • 100% Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for UIOs
  • Reimbursement from the Department of Veterans Affairs for services provided to dually eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) for UIOs
  • Eligibility for malpractice insurance through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for UIOs
  • Eligibility for UIOs to participate in more IHS grant programs.

In addition, the TBFWG highlighted § 105(l) leases by requesting mandatory funding for § 105(l) leases of $337 million, permanent reauthorization for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) with an increase of funding to $200 million per year, advance appropriations for IHS, and renewal of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

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