Senate Healthcare Bill Still Devastating for AAPI Women and Gender Non-Conforming People

By NAPAWF News
Published: Friday, July 14th, 2017

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2017
Contact: Alexa Mauzy-Lewis, Camino PR
212.255.2575 / alexa@caminopr.com
Senate Health Care Bill Still Devastating for AAPI Women and Gender Non-Conforming People

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Republicans continued their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today by releasing an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate is expected to debate the BCRA next week and vote on it by Friday, July 21st.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement in response:

“Despite all the evidence showing that the Affordable Care Act is working to get health care to the people who need it most, Senate Republicans remain determined to gut even the most basic legal protections for our communities. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is another attempt by the GOP and the Trump administration to target immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, and low-income families, hiding in health care reform.

“Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and gender nonconforming people rely on provisions “Trumpcare” directly attacks. Under the ACA, millions of AAPI women and gender nonconforming people gained access to preventative services, contraceptive care, and maternal care. 19% of all AAPI women in the United States are enrolled in the Medicaid program. In 2015, four percent of all of Planned Parenthood’s patients were AAPI and served our communities in areas where no other reproductive health care providers are available. Our families rely on these services.

“The BCRA would demolish these provisions. For instance, under the “Cruz Amendment,” insurance companies would no longer have to make sure their plans offer comprehensive medical coverage to patients. Instead, companies could refuse to provide coverage for critical services such as contraception or maternity care. The BCRA would also make catastrophic cuts to the Medicaid program and would defund Planned Parenthood altogether.

“The Senate has a chance to stop this devastating attack on health care in the United States. We urge members of Congress to vote “No” on the BCRA and protect AAPI families, LGBTQ people, low-income people, and all of our communities who deserve better than Trumpcare.”

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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF): NAPAWF is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls.

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