* Why endorse?
By endorsing our statement you let us know that you share our values and aspirations. It strengthens our advocacy voice when we speak to policymakers and administration officials and it supports us during this long battle for affordable, culturally competent and linguistically appropriate, universal health coverage for all.
* What is currently happening?
We are currently doing outreach and education (please visit our ACA Resource Center
) on the upcoming health insurance exchanges. Open enrollment begins 1 October 2013 with coverage beginning 1 January 2014. We are also monitoring and tracking any barriers and issues physicians may encounter.
As you know, Asian American and Pacific Islander physicians, including solo and small group practices serving in ethnic enclaves and immigrant/refugee gateway communities such as Chinatown, Little Saigon and Koreatown, are trusted sources of health care and health information. They are a critical and often unrecognized part of the health care safety net. They are a part of the community and serve Medicare and Medicaid patients as well as the uninsured. Yet, they are often not classified as Essential Community Providers.
Qualified health plans demonstrate network adequacy geographically not through cultural competence and linguistic appropriateness. Our concern is that newly covered Asian American and Pacific Islander and other underserved communities may not have access to culturally competent physicians they understand and trust. Health insurance is not access.* What happens next?
We will continue our surveillance and analysis. We will monitor implementation and make recommendations to policymakers and officials. When that happens we may call on you to review and endorse letters, make calls, or take direct action.
Thank you again for your support.