Hey Team,

Here is an update from our firm on some recent Indian Health Service activity.  Check it out!

On July 29, 2016, the IHS announced that it will extend the comment period and host additional tribal consultation sessions for three proposed rules and draft policies.

First, the IHS has extended the submission deadline for comments on the draft policy statement to expand the Community Health Aide program (CHAP), which would expand the use of community health aides, including dental health aide therapists, at IHS facilities nationwide.  Comments must be received by 5:00pm on October 27, 2016, should refer to “IHS Expansion of CHAP Draft Policy Statement Consultation, and may be submitted electronically at consultation@ihs.gov.  Tribal Leader letter here.

Second, the IHS has extended the submission deadline for comments on the draft Circular addressing the purchase of health care coverage, which is commonly referred to as Tribal Premium Sponsorship.  Comments must be received by 5:00pm on October 31, 2016, and may be submitted electronically at consultation@ihs.gov.  IHS will also hold two in-person consultation sessions on September 19 and October 9, 2016.  Tribal Leader letter here.  Draft Circular here.

Third, the IHS announced that it will engage in additional tribal consultations on the proposed rule for the Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund (CHEF), which addresses the extraordinary medical costs associated with treating victims of disasters or severe illnesses within IHS and tribal facilities. Tribal Leader letter here.

If you need more info, contact my friends Elliott Milhollin or Geoff Strommer.

With hope for happy healthy communities,

Lael