Take action! Tell Congress to Support Health Care Reform on Aug. 19!

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Published: Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders Support Quality Affordable Health Care

The Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities need quality affordable health care. One in six Asian Americans and one in four Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are uninsured. Even with coverage, AA and NHPIs experience disparities in health outcomes and quality of care.

On August 19th, the Asian American Justice Center, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum will be hosting a national Call-in Day to support health care reform. The Call-in Day will give members of the AA and NHPI communities the opportunity to raise their voices together to tell Congress to support quality affordable health care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Call your Senator and Representative on August 19th and ask them to:

1. Ensure fair treatment of legal immigrants: Congress should treat legal immigrants the same as everyone else by including them equitably in the subsidy structure, removing waiting periods for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and ensuring that tax-paying immigrants have the same opportunity to access affordable health care.

2. Enact a Public Plan Option: Everyone should be able to participate in our health care system and pay their fair share for health coverage. A public health insurance option would allow more Asian American and Pacific Islander families to purchase affordable health insurance.

3. Cover All Children and Pregnant Women: Despite the recent expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, at least five million children will still be uninsured. No child in America should have to go without health coverage.

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Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, please let your friends and networks know about the August 19th AAPI Call-in Day. We need your voices! For more info, please contact Priscilla Huang at phuang@napawf.org.

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