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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…

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COVID-19 Demographic Data Sign On Letter to HHS

Letter

In recent weeks, state and local officials have documented that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. While anyone can be at risk for infection from the novel coronavirus, in the United States many systemic inequities, discrimination, and harmful social determinants of health have led to long-standing disparities in communities of…

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COVID-19 Demographic Data Sign On Letter to Congressional Leaders

Letter

In recent weeks, state and local officials have documented that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. While anyone can be at risk for infection from the novel coronavirus, in the United States many systemic inequities, discrimination, and harmful social determinants of health have led to long-standing disparities in communities of…

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APIAHF Letter to Congress on Immigrants and LEP Communities

Due to existing restrictions in federal law, millions of immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid and other public health insurance programs. For example, individuals living in the U.S. under the Compacts of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are categorically ineligible for Medicaid, as are…

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Comment Letter on HHS 2021 NBPP

Letter, 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 Benefit and Payment parameters for 2021 proposed rule (“proposed rule”). We raise concerns about several issues impacting consumers, and particularly those who are racial and ethnic minorities, limited English…

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Comment Letter to USCIS Regarding Fee Waiver

Letter, Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) submits this comment on the proposed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fee Schedule, published on November 14, 2019. We are concerned about a number of the fee and policy proposals in the published fee schedule, and request that USCIS withdraw all provisions that make immigration…

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Comment Letter to Department of State DS 5540

Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum submits this comment letter in response to the Department of State’s Notice of Information Collection published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2019. We strongly oppose the proposed public charge questionnaire and underlying policies as they are without merit and perpetuate racist immigration practices.

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Comment Letter on HHS Nondiscrimination Grant Regulation

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) Grant Regulation published in the Federal Register on November 19, 2019. We strongly oppose the proposed regulation as discrimination has no place in HHS programs. The proposed regulation and accompanying notice…

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Organizations Supporting Action on COFA Medicaid

Letter

As organizations, businesses and community groups working to remove barriers to healthy living, we urge Congress to fix a legislative oversight that has led to inequitable access to health care for thousands of Pacific Islanders in the United States. Since the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), people residing in…