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Building on the Affordable Care Act: Strategies to Address Marketplace Enrollees’ Cost Challenges

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) dramatically changed the private insurance landscape, providing health coverage for millions. The success of the ACA and efforts to build on it show that strategic policy interventions can significantly improve health coverage affordability, particularly for communities that struggle the most with access. However, to fully realize the ACA’s potential and…

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Obesity in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Fact Sheet

Obesity is a chronic disease characterized by excess or abnormal body fat that inhibits health and social well-being, which can result from a number of factors ranging from genetic, environmental, behavioral, social, cultural, and more. Obesity is understudied in Asian Americans as well as in Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders. View this fact sheet for more information on obesity in the AA and NHPI communities, including causes, prevention, and recommendations.

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APIAHF Comments: CMS-9895-P: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2025; Updating Section 1332 Waiver Public Notice Procedures; Medicaid; Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program; and Basic Health Program  

Testimony and Comments

31 CFR Part 33 and 45 CFR Part 155: Section 1332 Waivers We support the proposed changes to Section 1332 waiver processes allowing states the opportunity to hold post-award forums and public hearings virtually and through digital platforms.   42 CFR Parts 435 and 600: Medicaid Eligibility for the States, District of Columbia, the Northern…

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APIAHF Comment on HHS Proposed Rule on Discrimination Based on Disability Updated 11-8-2023

Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) strongly supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights’ proposed rule to update the prohibitions against discrimination based on disability in all programs and activities conducted by the federal government, or federally funded, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The proposed updates will improve access and quality of care and services, and advance racial equity, for the approximately 1.4 million Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders with disabilities.

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HPV Routine Immunizations Fact Card

There is no way to know who will develop cancer or other health problems from HPV infection. However, HPV vaccination could prevent more than 90% of the estimated 33,700 cases of cancer attributable to HPV infection that are diagnosed each year in the U.S. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Asian and…

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Hepatitis B Routine Immunizations Fact Card

The hepatitis B vaccine is safe and the most widely used vaccine in the world. The hepatitis B vaccine is 2, 3, or 4 doses depending on the type. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up over 50% of hepatitis B cases in the U.S. and…

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Tdap Routine Immunizations Fact Card

The Tdap vaccine can prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person but the vaccine has been reported to be highly effective for all 3 cases.

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Shingles Routine Immunizations Fact Card

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. VZV stays inactive in the body after chickenpox recovery. This virus can reactivate later, causing shingles. According to a 2019 data report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 23% of Asian Americans over…

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NATIONAL SURVEY OF COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS (2022)

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The third annual national survey explores the priorities and challenges of nearly 100 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander serving community-based organizations post the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Key highlights include: Top Five Emerging Health Programming Funding Gaps: People With Disabilities  LGBTQI+ Health Maternal & Child Health Addiction & Substance Abuse …