Affordable Care Act

Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities

The US Department of Health and Human Services just released a series of documents on effective outreach strategies for African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans/Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.  NAAPIMHA is pleased to have taken the lead in developing the materials for AANHPI communities.  NAAPIMHA  would like to thank Dr. Rocco Cheng, Director of the API California Reducing Disparities Project,  Myron Quon, Executive Director of NAPAFASA as well as Juliet Bui and Larke Huang at SAMHSA for their input and guidance into this process.  NAAPIMHA will continue to work with its local, state, national and federal partners to advocate for improved health services that address mental health issues.  We are also interested in hearing about the impact of the Affordable Care Act is having on AANHPI communities.

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HealthCare.Gov Provides Tools to Help AAPIs Get Health Insurance. By Dr. J. Nadine Gracia on July 10, 2013 at 08:55 AM EDT

Too often, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are viewed as a “model minority” group – one that is wealthy, healthy and happy. However, this misconception masks many of the challenges the AAPI community faces – including persistent disparities in health and health care. For instance, nearly one out of every five AAPIs lacks health insurance. Moreover, AAPIs, like other racial and ethnic minority groups, suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases such as hepatitis B, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. AAPIs are also the least likely among all racial groups to receive routine mammograms and pap smears.

To read the full article, please click here.


The Affordable Care Act and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The Affordable Care Act will help make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, like other racial and ethnic minorities, the law will address inequities in health care and increase access to quality, affordable health coverage, invest in prevention and wellness, and give individuals and families more control over their care.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are impacted by health and health care differently than the general population. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders tend to be less affected than other groups by certain cancers, but also are less likely to get screened for cancer. For example, in 2010, Asian American women over 18 years of age were least likely to have had a Pap test (68.0 percent) compared with other women: non-Hispanic white (72.8 percent), non-Hispanic black (77.4 percent), Hispanic/Latino (73.6 percent), American Indian/Alaska Native (73.4 percent). Additionally in 2008, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders ages 19 through 24 were 1.6 times more likely to have Hepatitis B than non-Hispanic whites. Expanding opportunities for coverage can improve health outcomes for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

To read the full fact sheet, please click here.


Workforce Development as an Essential Element to Improving the Quality of Health and Healthcare for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. By Dr. DJ Ida, Fall 2012

Increasing access to care is frequently cited as key to improving health outcomes for diverse populations, including Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The real challenge, however, is insuring that they have access to quality care that recognizes the role of culture, language and health literacy.  The need to take a more integrated approach that brings together physical health, mental health and substance use as well as social determinants of health has been gaining momentum over the past decade and was addressed in the Affordable Care Act, 2010.  This approach is consistent with AANHPI cultural health beliefs and practices that do not separate the mind, spirit and body.

To read the full policy and facts, please click here.


Insuring Health Equity in the Affordable Care Act for Asian Americans Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Improving the Workforce to include Mental Health and Training Bi-lingual Paraprofessionals. By Dr. DJ Ida, Fall 2012

The National American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association would like to applaud HHS for its strong support of mental health and inclusion as one of the ten essential health benefits in the Affordable Care Act.  There are concerns, however, with how well mental health services, particularly for those who face cultural and language barriers will be addressed.  Failure to address mental health needs can greatly compromise the overall health outcome for an individual.  The upside to the passage of ACA is the potential for more individuals, including Asian American Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to receive much needed healthcare.  While integrated care is clearly the most appropriate way to provide services, merely placing a mental health professional in primary care settings or giving primary care providers basic mental health training is insufficient.  This strategy runs the great risk of leaving individuals with serious mental health problems without adequate care.   This oversight can have consequences that are counter to the intent of ACA.  It can result in additional costs to the system as well as having devastating consequences for the individual and his/her family.  Providing resources to train, place and support bi-lingual Wellness Coaches or similar models can close this gap in services in a timely and cost effective manner.

To read the full policy, please click here


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Workforce Development Provisions. By Cover Missouri. Spring 2011

On March 21, 2010, the United States Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as part of Congress’ comprehensive health reform legislation. Shortly after, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act was passed, which makes numerous changes to the Affordable Care Act. The following are summarized sections of the Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Act related to developing and improving the health care workforce. These summaries focus specifically on workforce and may not cover all portions of a given section. The reader should note that the summary maintains the same structure of the actual legislation. All references to “the Secretary” refer to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services unless otherwise stated. As a result of the legislative process there are some inconsistencies in the text of the law. Further changes were made after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by the Reconciliation Act. In order to clarify what modifications were made, please see the key below.

To read the full Provisions, please click here.


Fact Sheet on Healthcare Reform and Federal Status for Community Based Organization. By NAAPIMHA.

Mental health impacts every aspect of a person’s life including one’s physical health, the ability to do well at work and school and maintain healthy personal relationships. To read the full fact sheet, please click here.

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