Toolkit: Urban Indian Health Appropriations Letter

Dear UIOs:
 
Representatives Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) are leading a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

The letter calls for an increase in funding of a minimum of $106 million for the Indian Health Services (IHS) urban Indian healthcare line item. In FY 2020, UIOs received a $6 million increase, and to build on this progress, we are requesting a line item appropriation of $106 million in FY 2021, which reflects the recommendation made by the Tribal Budget Formulation Working Group (TBFWG).

To ensure that the urban Indian health line item receives as much support as possible, we encourage you to contact your Member of Congress and request that they sign on to the Gallego-Grijalva Urban Indian Health letter by the deadline of March 16.

Please email the letter below to the staffer for your Representative and cc Carla Lott (cmlott@ncuih.org). If you can't find your staffer's email on the list, please email Carla Lott (cmlott@ncuih.org). 

Thank you for your leadership. Your outreach on this is invaluable to increasing the urban Indian health line item.

Sincerely,
NCUIH

Steps to Contact Congress

Email to Your Member of Congress

Dear Representative [Name],
 
On behalf of [program] and the communities we serve, we respectfully request you on sign on to the Gallego-Grijalva letter to the House Committee on Appropriations in support of increasing the urban Indian health line item. This will directly bring funding to your district and impact the lives of your constituents. The increase from FY 2020 will provide approximately $115,000 for urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) like ours – one of only 41 programs in the United States that receive this funding.

At [program] in your district, we serve American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people living in the [geographic location] area. As an integral part of the AI/AN health care delivery system, UIOs depend on funding from IHS to provide care to urban AI/AN people. We depend on scarce federal resources to provide services to our AI/AN patients. UIOs primarily receive funding from the urban Indian health line item.

The letter requests increasing the urban Indian health to at least $106 million, which reflects the recommendation made by the Tribal Budget Formulation Working Group (TBFWG) for FY 2021. With increased funding many UIOs would be able to expand existing services, offer new services, hire additional staff, and procure updated equipment.

For the sake of the U.S. trust responsibility, the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives we request you support increasing the urban Indian health line item. To sign on please complete this form or contact Ms. Mariel Jorgensen (Mariel.Jorgensen@mail.house.gov ) from Gallego’s office by March 16.

If you have questions about this request, please contact me or Carla Lott (cmlott@ncuih.org) from the National Council of Urban Indian Health.

Sincerely,
[contact information]

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By Meredith Raimondi, posted on Tuesday March 3, 2020
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