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Welcome to the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) website! NCUIH is a National 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the support and development of quality, accessible, and culturally-competent health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings.  + Overview

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    Dear Urban Indian Organization Leader Letters

    Dear Urban Indian Organization Leader Letters regarding the distribution of FY 2016 funds to UIO and IHS’s decision regarding former-NIAAA programs have been posted to the IHS website. Area Health IT funds have also been distributed to the Area level to provide support and technical assistance for health IT system related activities and processes necessary for aggregating and reporting UIO patient data on urban AI/AN served, including quality measures and GPRA performance. 


    The 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference

    For the third consecutive year, the Obama Administration is inviting a diverse group of Native youth from across the country to participate in the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC in late-September. Selected youth will participate alongside elected tribal leaders. The exact date of the conference will be released in the coming weeks.


    IHS Launches Medicaid and Medicare Enrollment Pilot at Six Facilities

    Enrollment push benefits patients, who gain more access to health care, expanded IHS services. The Indian Health Service is launching a new effort to increase Medicaid and Medicare enrollment of IHS patients at six health facilities in four states. The pilot targets American Indian and Alaska Native IHS patients eligible for Medicaid and Medicare who are not yet able to access the health care options and support available through those programs because they are not enrolled.


    CMS Releases AI/AN Summary of Benefits and Coverage Sample for Limited Cost...

    On July 13, 2016, CMS released sample completed SBCs for a limited cost sharing plan and a zero cost sharing plan. As with the other SBC documents, these documents will be posted to the CCIIO website and shared with issuers as a reference tool. In particular, we note a number of additions to the sample completed SBC for the limited plan variation. That sample completed SBC shows the cost sharing the consumer would be responsible for at an Indian Health Care Provider (IHCP) or a non-IHCP. The SBC also explains under the limitations, exceptions, and other important information section that if a consumer goes to an out-of-network provider that charges more than the allowed amount the consumer may have to pay the difference (often referred to as balance billing).