WASHINGTON—Today, the Trump administration announced drastic cuts to critical health programs in their proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget. This follows the announcement of the Administration’s plan in recent weeks to overhaul Medicaid, further harming families, including many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

“This budget slashes funding for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), targeting our nation’s most vulnerable,” said Kathy Ko Chin, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. “Once again, the Administration has put terms and conditions to the right to health by undermining safety net programs that better the lives of our communities.”

 In addition to cutting vital health programs, the budget targets other key programs that contribute to the whole health of individuals. This includes cuts to the Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

“The Administration has attempted to reduce the federal deficit by aggressively cutting costs on programs that millions of Americans rely on. Slashing funding on programs that millions of families rely on is not a cost-savings in the long-run. It continues to reveal the priorities of this Administration, away from children and families. We call on Congress to reject the President’s budget and to engage in thoughtful reforms that would be beneficial to all who live in this great nation.”

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.