Policy Alert: COVID-19 and Omnibus Include Huge Wins for Urban Indians

The bills include a $5 million increase for urban Indian health.

Today, Congress released the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” (H.R. 133) consisting of a $900 billion COVID-19 pandemic relief bill and a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill. The package includes funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and provides COVID-19 vaccine funding along with other pandemic relief measures. The package includes $6.236 billion for Indian Health Service (IHS) in FY21 and extends the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) until 2023.

In summary, the package includes the following National Council for Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) priorities for Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs):

The package provides the following for IHS, Tribal organizations and UIOs:

Next Steps

By NCUIH, posted on Monday December 21, 2020
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