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The mission of the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, is to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry, and technology. To best serve the AI/AN community in this shifting political climate, UIHI will be publishing briefings on individuals and issues with potential impact on changes to the Affordable Care Act and on the IHS, Tribal, and urban Indian health (I/T/U) system.

For more information about policies impacting urban American Indians and Alaska Natives, please contact our Government Affairs Officer, Aren Sparck, MUP, at 206-812-4032 or arens@uihi.org.

Most recent policy bulletins

Legislative Update: Urban Indian Health Programs Appropriations

Legislative Update: Urban Indian Health Programs Appropriations

On Tuesday July 18, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee released their full committee report to accompany their appropriations bill, which recommends $47,943,000 for Urban Indian Health Programs, an increase of $265,000 over FY 2017. This legislative update reviews additional details and includes a chart of IHS budgets requested and enacted for Urban Indian Health Programs over the last four years. (July 2017)Download»

Legislative Update: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

Legislative Update: Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

On July 13, 2017, Senate Republicans released the amended Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act and reforms Medicaid. This quick legislative update describes the primary impacts of the bill. The UIHI will offer a full analysis of the bill once it is formally filed. (July 2017)Download»

Legislative Update: Status on Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act

Legislative Update: Status on Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act

On June 22, 2017, the Senate Republicans revealed the discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This legislative update describes the next steps in the process. The UIHI will publish in-depth analysis after the bill is formally filed. (June 2017)Download»

Legislative Update: American Health Care Act

Legislative Update: American Health Care Act

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The primary impacts of the bill are outlined in this update. The ACHA will go before the Senate where it will undergo review and the next steps in the legislative process. (May 2017)Download»

Budget Update - FY 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act

Budget Update - FY 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act

This statement provides information on the FY 2017 funding level for the Indian Health Services, including the amount earmarked for Urban Indian Health Programs. (May 2017)Download»