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CMS Division of Tribal Affairs
Important information for our tribal partners

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Marketplace Webinar Invitation
Friday, December 7 from 2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET

Who Should Attend:
Navigators and certified application counselors (CACs), and agents and brokers

Please join us for Marketplace updates and two presentations on Friday, December 7 at 2:00 PM ET.

Our first presentation will discuss assisting American Indian and Alaska Native consumers. We will cover general features of the Indian Health Service (IHS), Marketplace provisions for American Indians and Alaskan Natives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and several complex case scenarios on helping American Indian and Alaskan Native consumers with exemptions and applying for Marketplace coverage.

Our second presentation will share information about Medicare Periodic Data Matching (PDM) for consumers dually enrolled in Medicare and Marketplace coverage, including important changes for consumers coming in 2019.

To facilitate a quicker registration process on the day of the event, please register for the session by visiting the following link:
Space is limited – we strongly encourage individuals from the same organization to gather in a common room and participate as a group using a single computer.

The audio portion of the webinar will be delivered via your computer. Please check your computer settings in advance to ensure that your speaker volume is adjusted appropriately. Using Google Chrome as your internet browser seems to work best.  Please be sure to push the blue “play” icon on the left side near the Alternate Audio tab.  If you cannot hear audio through your computer speakers, please refer to the Alternate Audio tab on the left side of the webinar screen for more tips.

Please try to log in 5 minutes in advance so that audio links can be made.

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CMS Announces $48 Million Available in Funding Under the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2019 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreement Program

 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for funding under the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2019 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreement Program, as authorized under the Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act of 2018. The purpose of this program is to increase the participation of eligible, uninsured children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Grants awarded under the cooperative agreement will fund outreach and enrollment strategies aimed at educating families about the availability of Medicaid and CHIP and directly assisting families with the application and renewal process. This specific funding opportunity makes available $48 million in cooperative agreements to states, local governments, Indian tribes, tribal consortium, urban Indian organizations receiving funds under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, federal health safety net organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and schools.

The direct link is:  

For those who are interested in this new funding opportunity, there will be an Applicants Teleconference held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 2:00 – 3:30 pm (EST).  Please refer to the funding opportunity (referenced above) or obtain call-in information.  

In addition, we have a dedicated resource mailbox ( for all questions regarding the new funding opportunity.  From this resource box, we will post all questions received and the answers to so that all applicants can benefit from all questions and the answers.

All grantees, both current and previous, who are interested in this new round of grants will need to apply and follow the directions outlined in the funding opportunity.  For more information and to apply for funding, please visit:

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The Impact of Health Disparities on American Indian and Alaska Natives

On November 1, 2018, HHS sponsored the November 2018 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Observance.  The keynote speaker was Donald Warne M.D., M.P.H., Associate Dean of  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  Dr. Warne spoke on the The Impact of Health Disparities on American Indian and Alaska Natives.  The program has been archived on the HHS You Tube Channel at

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Click on the above link to learn more about the implementation of the new Medicare card and new Medicare number

From April 2018 to April 2019, older adults will receive new Medicare cards from CMS. To help protect elders from identity theft, these new cards will replace social security numbers with Medicare numbers that are unique to each beneficiary. This webinar focuses on the implementation of the new Medicare card and its impact throughout Indian Country. 

Click on the New Medicare Card Fact Sheet to help prepare and learn 10 Things to know about your new Medicare Card.

Follow the CMS Medicare messaging guidelines  to share these changes with elders in your community. To help prevent identity theft, remind elders to guard their cards.   

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