2017- TSGAC Letter: Request to Delay Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund Final Rule

Excerpt: “On October 31, 2016, the TSGAC recommended that any Final Rule only include provisions to set the CHEF threshold at $19,000 and raised several issues important to SelfGovernance Tribes. One of the primary issues discussed was the “Definition of Alternate Resources.” We opposed the inclusion of “Tribal” as part of the list of primary payers in the “alternate resource” definition. As you are aware, the IHS denied several CHEF claims submitted by Redding Rancheria (Redding), in part, on the grounds that Redding’s self-insurance plan was an “alternate resource” that should have paid for the care. The IHS then rejected a compact amendment proposed by Redding to clarify that Redding had a right to coordinate care between its Purchased/Referred Care program and Tribal self-insurance programs without impacting its eligibility for CHEF coverage. A lawsuit was filed by Redding shortly thereafter (Redding Rancheria v. Burwell, Civ. No. 14-2035) and litigation is ongoing.


Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)