Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG)

Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service Tribal Technical Advisory Group (CMS TTAG) was established in 2004 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) section 5006(e)(1), codified the TTAG. The TTAG charter complies with the statutory provisions set forth at 2 U.S.C. Sec. 1534(b)1 (1) & (2), 2 USC 1534 and therefore is exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The TTAG was formed to provide advice and input to the CMS on policy and program issues affecting delivery of health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) served by CMS-funded programs. Since its inception, the TTAG has carried out its responsibilities as an advisory group by holding monthly conference calls and three face-to-face meetings each year. In order to be more effective and perform more in-depth analysis of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP policies, effecting AI/ANs, the TTAG has formed smaller subject specific subcommittees.

The CMS TTAG is comprised of one elected tribal leader, or an appointed representative from each of the twelve geographic Areas of the Indian Health Service (IHS) delivery system. In addition, there is one representative from the Indian Health Service (IHS) and each of the national Indian organizations headquartered in Washington DC: the National Indian Health Board (NIHB); the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI); the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Group (TSGAC); and National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH).