After glancing at an article in Ms.Magazine about how Asian women in Canada are fighting for their healthcare, I began to wonder how does the Affordable Care Act (or famously known as Obamacare) affects Asian women in the States…so I did some digging and here is what I found about the law:
Expands access to preventive care that will reduce health disparities including treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect AAPIs such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic health hepatitis B, and liver and cervical cancers
Helps AAPI seniors get the care they need by protecting Medicare, providing free preventive care, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs
Help millions of AAPI families and AAPI-owned small businesses afford health care
Bans insurance companies from discriminating against women by charging them higher premiums for “pre-existing conditions,” including pregnancy, C-sections, breast and cervical cancer, or being a survivor of domestic or sexual violence. For API women, who suffer from high rates of cervical cancer and 46-61 percent of whom have faced domestic violence, this provision is a major advancement
Ensure better data collection to accurately track the health needs of the diverse API community, expand the ability of community health centers to reach underserved APIs, and ensure access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services.
An estimated 2 million APIs will gain health insurance and one in ten Asian Americans will gain Medicaid coverage
For more information check out:
National Asian Pacific American Forum’s piece on the Health Care Law
Improving Health Care For AAPIs on President Obama’s campaign website
All I can say is thank goodness this was upheld in the Supreme Court.