Organizing and Advocating for the Interests of the Pan-Asian and Pan-Pacic Islander Communities of Oregon
2010 | Year in Review
Campaign for Health Equity, Health Insurance Exchange
TheStateofOregoniscreatingamarketplacefor individuals,employers andfamiliestopurchase privatehealthinsurance.Oregon’sHealthInsuranceExchangewill makeiteasiertoget insurance,reducehealth insurancecosts,andsetconsumerstandardsfor healthplans.
Did you know...• More than 18% of Asians and 22% of NativeHawaiians and Pacic Islanders are uninsured,compared to 12% of Whites• Preventable death and disease rates, including breastcancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, andhepatitis B, continue to disproportionately impact APA • Asians are 3 to 13 times more likely to die fromhepatitis B (Chinese 6x, Korean 8x, Vietnamese 13x)It has been a powerful year for APANO’s Health Equityand Reform Team (HEART). HEART is made up of APA (Asian Pacic American) community members who haveactively educated and advocated for our communitiesto improve APA health outcomes in Oregon. We havedone this through workshops, community forums, lmdiscussions and public testimonies.For 2011, HEART identied the Oregon HealthInsurance Exchange as a top legislative priority issue.By federal law, everyone in the US is required to buyhealth insurance by 2014 or they will be penalized. TheState of Oregon is moving quickly to create an insur-ance exchange to provide for the uninsured. APANO’sCampaign for Health Equity aims for an insuranceexchange that is accessible, affordable and culturally/ linguistically appropriate for APA families, communitiesand all Oregonians.
Look for updates and ways to get involved in 2011.