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CMS Division of Tribal Affairs
Important information for our tribal partners

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NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

CMS Announces $6 Million Available in Funding Under the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS Native American and Alaska Native (AI/AN) 2020 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 Native American and Alaska Native AI/AN 2020 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 AI/AN 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 AI/AN families about the availability of Medicaid and CHIP and directly assisting families with the application and renewal process. This specific funding opportunity makes available $6 million in cooperative agreements to. For more information and to apply for funding, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318502 and https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/campaign/funding-opportunity/index.html

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

CMS Commits $50 Million to Assist States with Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Notice of Funding Opportunity will award 18-month planning grants to at least 10 State Medicaid Agencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity that provides State Medicaid agencies with information to apply for planning grants that will aid in the treatment and recovery of substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD). Fighting the opioid epidemic is one of CMS’s top priorities, and the planning grants are an important step in that effort.

The planning grants are intended to increase the capacity of Medicaid providers to deliver SUD treatment or recovery services through an ongoing assessment of the SUD treatment needs of the State; recruitment, training, and technical assistance for Medicaid providers that offer SUD treatment or recovery services; and improved reimbursement for and expansion of the number or treatment capacity of Medicaid providers. To apply, State Medicaid agencies are required to submit an 18-month proposal by August 9th to increase the capacity of Medicaid providers throughout the State and quickly deliver SUD treatment or recovery services within local communities. CMS will review all of the applications and select at least 10 proposals, with awards totaling $50,000,000.

CMS has a comprehensive three-pronged approach to combat the opioid crisis, which is laid out in the CMS Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic and focuses on prevention, treatment, and data. The implementation of section 1003 of the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act (P.L. 115-27) and the release of this Notice of Funding Opportunity represent a key aspect of our efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for OUD.

The application for planning grants is the first step CMS is taking in implementing section 1003 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. Enacted on October 24, 2018, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act is a comprehensive bill that tackles multiple aspects of the epidemic including treatment, prevention, recovery and enforcement. Section 1003 authorizes CMS to conduct a 54-month demonstration project to increase substance use provider capacity, beginning with this 18-month planning phase. Upon completion of the planning phase, up to 5 states will be selected to carry out a subsequent 36-month demonstration.

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Two NEW Videos - PSAs
How to use CMS tribal outreach materials

https://youtu.be/o3ACw5x6JjE
This video demonstrates tips on using CMS tribal outreach materials at an information booth at a Health Fair or community Pow-wow.

https://youtu.be/de4mPvJXb3M  This video demonstrate tips on using CMS tribal outreach materials: Patient Home Visit, Enrollment Assister, Health Care Provider, Pow-wow/Health Fair

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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 https://youtu.be/fPxsjw-w64k

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