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Statement on Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

Letter

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), and the undersigned organizations who together represent the national collaborative of Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) organizations who are the primary contractors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to…

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Comment Letter on Good Guidance Practices Proposed Rule

Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) submits this comment letter in response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notice of proposed rule regarding “Good Guidance Practices” (“proposed rule”). We raise concerns about several issues impacting consumers, and particularly those who are racial and ethnic minorities, limited English proficient, have…

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Final Health Care Rights Law Rolls Back Language Access Protections

Fact Sheet

 On June 12, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule adopting a number of changes to the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). The 2020 Final Rule radically reinterprets civil rights protections under the Health Care…

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COVID-19 Language Access Legislation Letter to Congressional Leadership

Letter

National and State & Local Organizational Letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy  We are organizations that care about the health of limited English Proficient (LEP), deaf, hard-of-hearing, and DeafBlind communities, blind persons, and people who cannot rely on speech to be heard and understood. Sadly, the needs of…

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What Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Community Organizations Need in the Face of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Fact Sheet

 In April, 2020, three weeks after the novel COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum surveyed 45 community partners to assess their needs in responding to the national crisis. The respondents are located across 23 different states that cover all regions of the U.S. Ten of the organizations focus on Southeast Asian populations,…

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COVID-19 Language and Communications Access Letter to Congress

Letter

We are organizations that work with and advocate for Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations, deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, blind persons, and people who cannot rely on speech to be heard and understood. We write to you in support of ensuring the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic adequately meets the communication and language access needs…

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APIAHF Written Testimony to Ways and Means Committee

Testimony and Comments

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…

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APIAHF, NHeLP, and AAPCHO Section 1557 Language Access Memo to OMB

Memo

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Section 1557, known as the Health Care Rights Law, has offered critical protections in civil rights and health care for several protected groups. In promulgating the Final Rule in 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR) went…

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APIAHF Letter to Congressional Leaders on COFA and COVID-19

Letter

I am writing you, as you develop the highly needed next phases of COVID-19 response legislation, to ask that you include in it the bipartisan Covering Our FAS Allies Act (COFA Act, H.R. 4821 and S.2218). We appreciate that the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act (H.R. 6379) did include this measure, though we…