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Trump Administration Continues to Undermine Equal Rights in Health Care

WASHINGTON – Earlier this year, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule that would roll back enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, also known as the Health Care Rights Law. Section 1557 protects patients from discrimination based on race, color, sex, age and disability. Yesterday, August 13, the public comment period on the proposed rule concluded. “The proposed rollback on Section 1557 protections is part of the continued efforts from the…

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Joint Statement: Trump’s Administration’s Regulation Punishes Immigrant Families for Using Life-Saving Services

WASHINGTON – On August 12th, the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security announced it will be publishing its finalized public charge rule, continuing its history of actions and policies harmful to immigrant communities. The finalized rule change, which is expected to be published on August 14, 2019, will go into effect on October 15, 2019.…

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DHS Public Charge Rule Target Immigrants’ Health

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the finalized public charge rule that would target the health and wellbeing of immigrants in the United States. The rule, which will be officially published on Wednesday, August 14, is meant to intimidate immigrant communities and will dissuade families that are eligible for programs like Medicaid…

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WeVoteWeCount’s Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative Statement on the Sixth Anniversary of Shelby County V. Holder

On the sixth anniversary of the 5-4 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision that allowed states to institute restrictive voting policies that disproportionately affect communities of color, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, released the following statement: “Communities of color have faced a longstanding history of voter disenfranchisement and racially discriminatory laws that limit access…

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Joint Statement Condemning Decision to Hold Migrant Children at Fort Sill

Last week, the Administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement announced it will be housing unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Fort Sill is a military base that previously was used as a prison for Geronimo and hundreds of Chiricahua Apaches, including women and children. During World War II, Fort Sill was used as an internment camp…

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Senate Enroll Act is an important Step Towards Health Equity for Minority Communities

WASHINGTON — 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. “Navigators serve an essential role…

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CDC REACH Program Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary AANHPI-Serving Organizations Note Impact and Importance of Inclusion

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The REACH program remains one of the only racially and ethnically focused public health programs at the federal level and is currently the only CDC program empowering community based organizations to…

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Health Care Rights Puts Protections for Language Access, Women and LGBT Persons at Risk

WASHINGTON – The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) condemns the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed changes to the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking threatens to allow health care entities to discriminate against patients by limiting who must…

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Health Bill to Improve Access to Health Care Pass House Chamber

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 987, the “Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act.” The bill is composed of a package of seven health bills that were voted out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in April. Included in the package were bills that the Asian &…

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Bills to Improve Affordable Care Act Affordability and Outreach Pass Committee

WASHINGTON—Last night the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee favorably reported six bills that would take important steps to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA), address the adverse actions of the Trump Administration and make health care more affordable and accessible if enacted into law. “We applaud the Committee for taking action to…

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