Beginning Jan. 19, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), in collaboration with the Action for Health Justice, will launch the third annual AAPI Affordable Care Act Week of Action, a public awareness drive to encourage AAPIs to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace by Jan. 31. To enroll, individuals can visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for 24-hour customer assistance in nearly 250 languages. Individuals can also find local in-person assistance at LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
“Since the first open enrollment period in 2013, nearly 18 million Americans, including many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, have gotten life-saving, quality and affordable health coverage,” says U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy. “But our work is not done. There are still more than 200,000 AAPI community members who don’t have the safety, security, and peace of mind that comes with having health coverage. We must close that gap because health equity is a civil rights issue, and it’s an AAPI community value.” In May 2015, Dr. Murthy was appointed by President Obama to serve as co-chair of the White House Initiative on AAPIs.
One in three AAPIs is limited English proficient, and one in four AAPIs has not seen a doctor in the past year. “Affordable healthcare has been a crucial need within our diverse AAPI populations,” says Doua Thor, executive director of the Initiative.
“Trained experts, known as in-person assisters, speak more than 50 languages and are helping people in AAPI communities throughout the nation enroll in health insurance.
We also have many translated materials to help guide the process.” (end)
For more information, visit whitehouse.gov/aapi.