PRESS RELEASE: President Proposes $49.6 Million in FY 2021 Budget for Urban Indian Health

Contact: Meredith Raimondi

Request for FY 2021 is $8 Million below FY 2020 Enacted

WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2020) – On February 10, 2020, the President released the annual budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The proposal includes a total of $96.2 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which represents a nearly 10 percent cut to current enacted budget. Under the request, the Indian Health Service (IHS) would receive approximately $6.4 billion in FY 2021.  NCUIH, in conjunction with the Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup (TBFWG), had encouraged the Administration to fund IHS at $9.1 billion with an urban Indian health line item of $105.9 million for FY 2021. This is an increase of $48.2 million for urban Indian health over the enacted FY 2020 budget. The proposed IHS budget falls nearly $3 billion short of TBFWG’s overall IHS recommendation, and the proposed urban Indian health funding amount constitutes $56.3 million less than the TBFWG recommendation.

“NCUIH looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to fully fund IHS and the urban Indian health care line item. NCUIH was encouraged by the enacted FY 2020 IHS budget of approximately $6.0 billion, an increase of 4% above the enacted FY 2019 level. The FY 2020 Enacted appropriation funded urban Indian health at approximately $57 million and provided over $115,000 in increases for 39 of the 41 Urban Indian Organizations. For FY 2021, NCUIH encourages Congress to meet the TBFWG recommendation of approximately $106 million for the urban Indian Health line item, which is $56.3 million above the President’s FY 2021 request,” said Francys Crevier, Executive Director of NCUIH.

Congress will consider the President's request as it begins to draft appropriations bills for FY 2021. Please find below a summary of some of the proposed funding amounts that would impact urban Indian health.  A more in-depth analysis of the White House’s FY 2021 Budget is forthcoming. 

Urban Indian Line Item

Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)

Federal Tort Claims Act

105(l) Leases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health

National Health Service Corps


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By Meredith Raimondi, posted on Thursday February 13, 2020
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