NCUIH exercise the IHS Confer Policy

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is required to confer with Urban Indian Organizations in carrying out the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. For those of you that are not familiar with the IHS Conferring Policy with Urban Indian Organizations (Policy), please click here to see it.

Conferring 11/12

NCUIH exercised the Policy last week on a matter vital to its Members. Donna LC Keeler, NCUIH President, Rudy Soto, NCUIH Policy Analyst, and Aren Sparck, Government Affairs Officer for the Seattle Urban Indian Health Board, had a face-to-face meeting with IHS on Friday, November 12, 2015. The purpose of this Confer Session was to discuss critical issues that relate to the recent White Paper published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Specifically, CMS is requesting for comment on updating its 100 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) policy and among the issues under consideration is whether that policy change should include Urban Indian Health Programs.  Click here to see the FMAP White Paper.

After the Confer Session, all participants left the meeting better informed of the challenges and issues UIHPs would have as a result of CMS changing the 100 percent FMAP policy without having greater involvement, input and participation from the Office Urban Indian Programs, NCUIH and UIHPs.  

Click here for NCUIH’s response to the White Paper released October 2015

By Maurice "Mo", Smith, posted on Monday November 16, 2015
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