This report presents key findings from a series of community health care discussions of Asian American community members in New York City conducted by Project CHARGE. Project CHARGE (Coalition for Health Access to Reach Greater Equity) is a New York City based collaborative of 15 organizations devoted to improving healthcare access for Asian Americans through capacity building and health policy advocacy. The top 3 concerns expressed by the 128 participants included:
- Regardless of insurance coverage, Asian Americans are worried about health care costs.
- Language barriers exist for Asian Americans even with language access laws.
- Few health education and outreach efforts are targeting Asian Americans.
Based on these findings, Project CHARGE analyzed how particular provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HR 4872) impacts the Asian American community. This report offers key recommendations which New York State do to be more effective in serving Asian Pacific American families.