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CMS Division of Tribal Affairs 

Important Information for our Tribal partners 


Long Term Supports and Services Webinar

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's Model of Long Term Care

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Time:  2:00 PM EDT

 Presenter: Denise Pommer, Director of the Menominee Department of Aging and Long Term Care

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Seeking advice and input on CMS Tribal Consultation Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the process of reviewing and updating CMS’s Tribal Consultation policy  (November 17, 2011).  As part of this process, we have asked Tribal leaders to provide recommendations on how we can improve the CMS tribal consultation policy. Because state Medicaid programs are required to consult with tribes and Indian health care programs located within their state, we have also asked the tribes to provide feedback and recommendations on how CMS can work with states and Tribes to make the state-tribal consultation process more effective.  We have asked for tribal comments by October 1, 2014. 

CMS will be holding an All Tribes’ Call on September 15, 2014 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET to provide an overview of the policy and answer any questions or issues regarding the policy.

DATE:  Monday, September 15, 2014

TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Conference line:  (855) 897-8197

NEW Resource: Information and Tips for Assisters: Working with American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN)

We posted a new resource to our Technical Assistance Resources pageInformation and Tips for Assisters: Working with American Indians/Alaska Natives provides background information about existing and new options for AI/ANs related to affordable health coverage. The Marketplace provides certain protections specifically for AI/ANs. The tip sheet highlights these protections, how assisters can help AI/ANs submit their documentation to support Marketplace applications, and other resources.

A new question and answer (Q&A) regarding the Special Enrollment Period for American Indian and Alaska Native families has been posted on

The Q&A explains that for those families that apply through the Federal-facilitated Marketplace, if one family member on the application is eligible for the Special Enrollment Period (SEP), all family members who apply on the same Marketplace application would be eligible for the SEP if otherwise eligible to enroll in a QHP.  The Q&A explains that for those who enroll in a state based marketplace, you will need to contact your state regarding whether this policy applies. 

To read the Q&A, please visit or