June 15, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives House Ways and Means Committee favorably reported the Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act (H.R. 3080) out of Committee on a vote of 24 to 13.
This legislation, introduced by Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD), seeks to exempt Tribes and Tribal employers from the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It would prevent fines that Tribal employers would incur under the employer mandate and ensure that the U.S. federal government lives up to its trust responsibility to Federally Recognized Tribes.
The legislation will move on to the full House of Representatives where additional support and outreach will be critical to its success.