The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently held the 15th Annual HHS Tribal Budget Consultation here in Washington, DC and the Regional Tribal Consultation sessions throughout Indian Country.
Annual Tribal Budget Consultation
HHS hosted its 15th Annual Tribal Budget and Policy Consultation on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Washington, DC. The consultation, previously scheduled for two days, was shortened due to inclement weather. Tribal leaders from across Indian Country provided testimony on important budgetary and policy issues surrounding HHS Human Service Programs, Indian Health Service and the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to the consultation, the Department conducted Tribal Resource Day. This annual session, designed to give an overview of the programs, grants, and services HHS provides to Tribes also included an education session on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Tribes.
In addition to consultation and tribal resource day, the Department held one-on-one sessions with HHS officials from each of the Operating Divisions and program offices for the second time in as many years. Designed to allow tribal leaders to share their individual Tribe’s health and human service concerns with leadership, the one-on-one sessions were held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 8:00 am to Noon.
Regional Tribal Consultation
HHS hosted multiple Regional Tribal Consultation sessions across Indian Country in the past few months. Similar to the HHS Annual Tribal Budget Consultation, Tribal leaders shared regional concerns regarding issues surrounding HHS Human Service Programs, Indian Health Service and the Affordable Care Act. Regional sessions also included one-on-one time with HHS Regional Directors, as well as a Tribal resource day.
The dates and locations of each of the regional sessions are listed below:
March 26 – 28, 2013 Phoenix, AZ (Region 9)
The Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs will post summaries and transcripts from each session on the Tribal Affairs website soon. Please visit the IEA Tribal Affairs website to learn more about HHS tribal affairs activities and tribal consultation at http://www.hhs.gov/intergovernmental/tribal/.
April 2 – 4, 2013 Denver, CO (Region 7 & 8)
April 10 – 12, 2013 Tulsa, OK (Region 6 & 7)
April 18, 2013 Navajo Area
April 22 -24, 2013 Minneapolis, MN (Region 5)
May 14 – 16, 2013 Seattle, WA (Region 10)