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 Language Access Rights Under Threat

By Kathy Ko Chin | Three years ago, I argued that meaningful health care access cannot be achieved unless the federal government takes action to improve services for limited-English speakers, particularly in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces. As I noted then, Section 1557 of the ACA makes clear that language should not be a barrier to accessing health coverage or services. But a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), however, would only serve to increase barriers.

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 House Passes New Dream & Promise Act

By Jennie L. Ilustre | The House of Representatives in the 118th U.S. Congress has passed The Dream and Promise Act, with features from past proposed legislation, as well as new provisions.

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 The Society for Public Health Education Celebrates the REACH 20th Anniversary on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On June 11, 2019, the Society for Public Health Education sponsored a congressional briefing and panel discussion in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Since 1999, the REACH program has been at the forefront of efforts to address racial and ethnic health disparities through culturally-tailored interventions.

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 Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum: Senate Enroll Act Is an Important Step Towards Health Equity for Minority Communities

OAKLAND, California, June 19 — The Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum issued the following news release: Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the “Expand Navigators’ Resources for Outreach, Learning, and Longevity (ENROLL) Act” in the U.S. Senate. The ENROLL Act would restore funding to the Navigator program and allow Navigator grantees to better serve their communities by undoing recent regulatory attacks on the program.

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 BALDWIN, CASEY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO RESTORE NAVIGATOR FUNDING AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICANS TO SIGN UP FOR QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Casey (D-PA), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced the Expand Navigators’ Resources for Outreach, Learning, and Longevity (ENROLL) Act to restore funding for the Navigator program that helps American families get the information and support they need to find a quality health care plan at a price they can afford. The House companion legislation passed as part of H.R. 987 last month, 234-183.

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 House re-introduces bill addressing South Asian heart disease

By Northwest Asian Weekly | Washington Congressmember Pramila Jayapal re-introduced the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act on June 5. This bipartisan bill aims to raise awareness regarding the alarming rate of heart disease in the South Asian community and invest in reversing this trend.

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 Congressman Jimmy Gomez Leads Letter to Expand Medicare Language Access

By Adjoa Adofo | Washington, DC, May 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) led a letter signed by 62 of his House colleagues to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging CMS to increase the number of languages used in Medicare’s educational and enrollment materials.

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 Exciting Events in May, Asian American Month

By Jennie L. Ilustre | The community is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, in the capital and across the nation, in a variety of events that recognize achievements, raise public awareness on issues, as well as entertain.

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