HHS 17th Annual Tribal Budget Consultation

Date: Feb 25, 2015 - Feb 26, 2015

Where: Washington, DC

About the Event:

 US Department of Health & Human Services 17th Annual Tribal Budget and Policy Consultation
Tribal Resource Day

Hubert Humphrey Building
Washington, DC

Summary of 16th HHS Annual Tribal Budget Consultation
On March 6-7, 2014, HHS hosted the 16th ATBC in Washington, DC  The participants were tribal leaders and representatives, Indian organization leadership and staff well as HHS leadership and staff.
On March 6th, HHS held one-on-one sessions between tribal leaders and HHS agency leadership from the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Resources Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The one-on-one format allowed direct dialogue on issues specific to each participating tribe.  In addition, HHS hosted a Tribal Resource Day that included presentations on topics important to tribes including information about HHS, the federal government, and other resources available to tribes.  HHS presentations included budget, performance and congressional appropriations, Affordable Care Act 101 as well as an introduction to the HHS grants tool. 
Tribal leaders and other attendees convened in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building on March 7th to listen and respond to updates from HHS federal representatives regarding the HHS budget, human service priorities, the Affordable Care Act, as well as the IHS budget formulation.  Secretary Sebelius and the HHS Budget Council attended the afternoon session to provide updates and listen to comments from tribal leaders. 
Impact of the 2014 Consultation
At last year’s consultation, tribal leaders expressed the need for full funding of Contract Support Costs, increases for health care services, and increases for staffing and operating costs at new and replacement facilities.  HHS leadership reported that all three priorities received funding increases in FY 2014 and in the FY 2015 President’s Budget.
17th ATBC Planning Conference Call Schedule
·         January 21, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
·         January 28, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
·         February 4, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
·         February 11, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
Conference Call Number (for every call)
Call In Number: 888-552-9182
Participant Code: 97371
Deadline for ATBC Testimony Submission
Please submit your testimony to the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs no later than COB Friday, February 13, 2015.  Testimony can be emailed to consultation@hhs.gov.  Please note that if you do not meet the submission deadline, we will accept the testimony, but you will need to bring 200 copies to the session for distribution.  The consultation record will remain open for 30 days after the formal face-to-face consultation session wherein additional testimony will also be accepted.