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OCA Welcomes Launch of ACA Health Insurance Marketplace

Tuesday, October 01, 2013   (0 Comments)
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OCA Welcomes Launch of ACA Health Insurance Marketplace


1 October 2013


202 223 5500|

WASHINGTON, D.C. –OCA– Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs),welcomes the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace.

The ACA Health Insurance Marketplace opens today at Through the marketplace, the ACA hopes to decrease coverage gaps by providing accessible health insurance to those currently ineligible for insurance through their employers or for Medicaid. The website is currently only available in English and Spanish, but there are online resources available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi, and Tagalog.

There are over two million APAs who are uninsured in the United States. Among APAs, Korean Americans have one of the lowest rates of employer sponsored healthcare at 49%.

"We are hopeful that the Health Insurance marketplace will provide the over two million uninsured Asian Pacific Americans an opportunity for coverage,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCAPresident.

"The Asian Pacific American community continues to face unique health disparities. Compared to other racial and ethnic groups, APA women are less likely to get screened for breast and cervical cancer and APA men are 1.2 times more likely to test positive for Hepatitis B,” says Tom Hayashi, OCAExecutive Director, "We know that uninsured individuals are less likely to receive preventive care or screening services for diseases that may be life-threatening but easily treatable if identified early enough. With the opening of the marketplace, we are hopeful that the overall health of our community will improve.”

The Affordable Care Act also includes an individual mandate requiring all US residents to obtain health insurance similar to or more expansive than that provided through the Marketplace. Those that do not have health insurance by 2014 can be subject to a tax penalty. Individuals exempt from the mandate include those whose cost of premiums exceeds 8 percent of their household income or those whose household incomes are below the minimum threshold for filing a tax return. Families and individuals with an annual income of up to 400% of the federal poverty level are eligible for federal monetary assistance in order to make their insurance more affordable.

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