LIVING HEALTHY LIVES
Everyone should have access to resources and benefits that enable them to live healthy lives. Yet, AA & NHPI community members are disproportionately represented among the uninsured, and many low-income families must rely on publicly supported health care programs for their health care needs.
Currently, more than 2.3 million Asian Americans and162,000 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are uninsured. Disaggregating the data further shows higher uninsured rates for Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Korean, Samoan and Cambodian communities. Moreover, our community members face health disparities and unequal access to quality health care services
that especially affect those who are low-income,limited English proficient, and new residents.
For AA & NHPI women and LGBTIQ individuals, increasing access to reproductive and preventive health care services are integral to overall health and wellbeing as well as addressing disparities related to gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The following recommendations are a few of the many policy solutions that should be put in place in order to live healthy lives.
Affordable Care Act Implementation:
Promote access to quality, affordable, and culturally and linguistically competent health care, including comprehensive reproductive, mental and behavioral health care, for AAs and NHPIs by supporting the full funding and implementation of the Affordable Care Act Access to
Services and Treatment:
Reduce health disparities and expand access to preventive services and treatment of hepatitis B, diabetes, human papillomavirus, HIV/AIDS cancer, mental health, and substance use disorders, as well as reproductive health care such as abortion and contraceptives. Support initiatives to reduce health disparaties such as the Health Equity and Accountability Act
Health Data Collection:
Advocate for the collection, reporting and analysis of standardized, disaggregated demographic and health data on AA and NHPIs in order to reduce health and health care disparities and eliminate barriers to quality health services
CLAS Webinar Slides
APIAHF Health Care Resource Center
APA Communities Support Affordable Care Act--Statement
APIAHF Executive Director, Kathy Lim Ko--Health Care Reform and APIAS: Stories from Our Communities