Tribal Budget

HHS Tribal Budget Consultation

The 26th Annual HHS Tribal Budget Consultation recently took place, emphasizing Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm’s commitment to tribal self-determination, health coverage improvements, and tackling health disparities.

Held from April 9-10 in Washington, DC, this event brought together HHS leaders and tribal representatives to discuss funding and policy priorities for the HHS FY 2026 budget. Deputy Secretary Palm highlighted several key priorities, including promoting tribal autonomy, enhancing healthcare accessibility, and investing in mental health and substance abuse services for Indigenous communities.

The Biden-Harris Administration has shown significant dedication to tribal needs, such as providing advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS) in the FY2023 budget and allocating over $5 billion from the American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19 in tribal areas.

Furthermore, President Biden’s FY 2025 budget proposes $8.0 billion in discretionary funding for IHS, with plans for full mandatory funding beginning in FY 2026, aiming to address health disparities and improve healthcare outcomes across Indigenous populations.

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Readout of 26th Annual HHS Tribal Budget Consultation


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