The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) submits this written testimony for the record for the May 27, 2020 hearing before the House Ways & Means Committee entitled “The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color.”

APIAHF is the nation’s oldest and leading health policy organization working to advance the health and well-being of over 20 million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI) across the U.S. and territories. APIAHF works to improve access to and the quality of care for communities who are predominantly immigrant, many of whom are limited English proficient, and may be new to the U.S. healthcare system or unfamiliar with private or public coverage. We have longstanding relationships with over 150 community-based organizations across 35 states and the Pacific, to whom we provide capacity building, advocacy and technical assistance.