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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…

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APIAHF Comments on Department of State on Health Care Proclamation OMB Emergency Review

Letter

Re: Notice of Information Collection Under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage APIAHF comments on the Department of State’s Notice of Information Collection Under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage regarding Form DS-5541. We write out of deep concern and opposition to both…

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Impact of Proposed DHS Public Charge Regulation on Citizens of Freely Associated States Under Compacts of Free Association

Memo

The United States has international treaty agreements, known as the Compacts of Free Association (COFA), with three Pacific Island nations – the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Citizens of these nations, which are known as the Freely Associated States (FAS), are eligible to freely enter…

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Snapshot: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health

Fact Sheet

Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians (NHs), and Pacific Islanders (PIs) are the fastest growing racial/ethnic groups in the United States. These communities represent incredible diversity, spanning nearly one hundred different ethnic groups and speaking over 250 languages and dialects. As a result, their health needs and challenges are just as varied and diverse.

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Snapshot: Immigrant Health in the United States

Fact Sheet

By 2065, the number of immigrants is expected to nearly double to 78 million, when one in three Americans will be an immigrant or have immigrant parents. Migration patterns will lead to change and Asians will overtake Hispanics as the largest incoming immigrant population in the country by 2065.

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Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health REACH Program

Fact Sheet

REACH – Driving Better Health and Lower Costs Since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) REACH program has invested in evidence based programs that close gaps in health outcomes for racial and ethnic groups. REACH funds evidence-based and communitydriven prevention efforts that put a stop to expensive and burdensome conditions. As the…

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Act to Fund Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment

Fact Sheet

For the first time since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the rates of people not enrolled in health insurance have stagnated or increased. Some communities have been particularly impacted: for example, from 2016 the uninsured rate for Native Hawaiians rose from 4.7% to 5.5%, Micronesians from 11.5% to 13.1%, Burmese from 12%…