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 In central Pa., a new wall?: How a Trump rule could come between immigrants and their doctors | Friday Morning Coffee

By John L. Micek | As our friends at Stateline.org report, the White House wants to relax an Obama-era rule “requiring that medical providers let patients know about their right to language interpretation services — and for people with disabilities, communication assistance such as qualified sign language interpreters or written information in alternative formats for the visually impaired. The administration insists that the current requirements are onerous and costly for providers.”

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 New Trump Rule on Medical Interpreters Could Leave Immigrants Behind

By Michael Ollove | Ed Zuroweste, a family practitioner in south central Pennsylvania, got a call a couple of years ago from a nearby hospital in Chambersburg. A restaurant worker, newly arrived from Guatemala, had staggered into the emergency room a few days before with severe shortness of breath and coughing up blood.

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 US must stay true to its values and fight the public charge rule

By Kathy Ko Chin | On Monday, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services appallingly altered Emma Lazarus’ iconic 1883 poem, “The New Colossus,” at the base of the Statue of Liberty. The poem begins with the phrase, “Give me your tired and your poor” to which Cuccinelli glibly added “who can stand on their two feet and who will not become a public charge.” While Lady Liberty has stood as a beacon of freedom and hope for new immigrants to this country, Cuccinelli reminds us that there have always been discriminatory terms and conditions that determine those who are deemed eligible for this freedom.

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 NCAPA Condemns DHS Public Charge Rule

By Big Island Now | The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) issued a statement on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in response to the Department of Homeland Security final public charge rule.

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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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