U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the issuance of an interim final rule as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to expand eligibility for enrollment in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to employees of tribally controlled schools that purchase Federal Employees Health Benefits. This interim final rule was issued following an U.S. Office of Personnel Management-hosted virtual Tribal Consultation with tribal leaders on April 16, 2021, and an U.S. Office of Personnel Management-led virtual listening session with tribally controlled school principals about the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program on June 9, 2021. The Consultation and listening session followed President Biden’s Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships, which states that the Biden-Harris administration is committed to honoring tribal sovereignty and including tribal voices in policy deliberations that affect tribal communities. Tribal employers who are interested in obtaining Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage for their employees, or would like more information about the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program can contact the U.S. Office of Personnel Management at TribalPrograms@opm.gov or (202) 606-2530.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is committed to partnering with tribes on a government-to-government basis to meet our treaty and trust obligations, and to promote tribal sovereignty,” said U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja. “As part of this promise we are pleased that tribally controlled schools are now able to purchase health insurance coverage for their employees under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Honoring those commitments is particularly important now, as we face crises related to health, the economy, racial justice, and climate change — all of which disproportionately harm Native Americans.”