The APIAHF, in partnership with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, filed an amicus brief in support of the Department of Health and Human Services in the King v. Burwell case.
The four organizations together coordinate Action for Health Justice, a national collaborative of more than 70 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander national and local community-based organizations. The partners filed the brief to explain the importance of the Affordable Care Act in improving the healthcare access of marginalized communities, including Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to advocate in favor of maintaining the federal subsidies provided by the Act regardless of whether individual states establish healthcare exchanges. The brief can serve as an important legal and advocacy resource for actors interested in expanding healthcare access to marginalized communities in the United States, particularly people of color.
The brief consists of three sections. Section One reiterates the arguments for why the Affordable Care Act is a critical step in increasing access to affordable healthcare for people of color, Including Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, And Pacific Islanders. Section Two describes the important role of the Act’s federal subsidies in achieving the purpose of the law. Section Three argues that the purpose of the Act will not be achieved if federal subsidies are not provided to all states.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) seeks to influence policy, mobilize communities and strengthen programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
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