Recent HHS Medicaid Decision Offers Important Protections for AAs and NHPIs
December 12, 2012
WASHINGTON—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent announcement that states will have to either fully expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or not at all. The move is aimed at extending insurance coverage to millions of low-income Americans. A number of governors had suggested a partial expansion of their Medicaid programs after the Supreme Court’s decision in June, which removed the federal government’s enforcement power to require all states to fully expand their Medicaid programs to persons earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.
“We applaud HHS’ decision to hold firm and not allow partial Medicaid expansions,” said Kathy Lim Ko, APIAHF president and CEO. “The ACA’s Medicaid expansion offers the most significant opportunity to expand coverage to low-income and vulnerable communities, including many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AAs and NHPIs). HHS should do everything in its power to encourage all states to fully expand their Medicaid programs and receive the generous federal funding.”
With its partners, APIAHF is working to ensure full implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s significant coverage expansions, including the Medicaid program expansions and individual and small employer health exchanges.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Learn more at http://www.apiahf.org/.