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  • Learning about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Chinese (Mandarin)

    Google Hangout in Chinese on the Health Insurance Marketplace

    Voyo Wu, and HHS’ Winnie Cheung and Jerry Zee host a Google Hangout in Chinese on the Health Insurance Marketplace. January 23, 2014. (by Rebecca Lee)

    On January 23, 2014, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held a Google Hangout in Chinese to discuss the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Viewers tuned in from around the country, and Chinese American community groups gathered in California, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas to participate in the discussion.

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ Winnie Cheung and Jerry Zee responded to a broad array of questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened on October 1, including eligibility requirements, enrollment start dates, authorized navigators, and resources for in-language assistance. 

    This Google Hangout is part of WHIAAPI’s larger series of in-language Google Hangouts, aimed at filling the tremendous need of educating limited English proficient populations on the Affordable Care Act. WHIAAPI has hosted similar educational Hangouts in Korean and Vietnamese.

    Nearly 1 in 5 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) do not have health insurance. Two million AAPIs are projected to become insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. For AAPIs, the law’s benefits will help reduce disparities in both health care and health outcomes through expanded insurance coverage and better access to high-quality health care services.

    The turnout at the Chinese-language Google Hangout and the enthusiasm of the participants shows the importance of engaging with the AAPI limited English proficient community on the Affordable Care Act in the languages they speak. 

    Audrey Buehring is the Deputy Director at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    了解医疗保险市场 (中文版)

    一场关于白宫亚太裔计划 (WHIAAPI) 的中文 Google 环聊将在 2014 年 1 月 23 日举行,讨论 医疗保险市场 (Health Insurance Marketplace)。来自全国各地的受众和美籍华人社区团体云集在加利福尼亚州,佐治亚州,密苏里州,宾夕法尼亚州和得克萨斯州,以便加入讨论。

    在 10 月 1 日,卫生及公共服务部的 Winnie Cheung 和 Jerry Zee 针对一系列关于医疗保险市场的问题做出了回答,包括资格要求、登记开始日期、授权的导航和各个语种的帮助资源。

    Google 环聊是 WHIAAPI 较大规模的各语种 Google 环聊的一部分,旨在满足英语水平有限族群对《平价医疗法案》的巨大需求。WHIAAPI 已经在韩国越南举行过类似的教育环聊。

    大约有五分之一的亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民 (AAPIs) 没有医疗保险。两百万的亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民因《平价医疗法案》而加入计划,成为投保群体。对于亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民而言,在扩大了承保范围并优化高品质的医疗保健服务的提供之后,法律给予的福利将有助于减少医疗保健和医疗结果的差异。

    中文 Google 环聊的出席者和参与者的热情体现了英语程度有限的 AAPI 群体以他们各自的母语共同学习《平价医疗法案》的重要性。

    Audrey Buehring 现就职于白宫亚太裔计划的副处长。


    2014年1月23日,亞裔美國人和太平洋島民白宮倡議 (WHIAAPI) 舉行了一場中文Google環聊,就健康保險交易市場進行討論。觀眾從全國各地收看了轉播,華裔美國人社區聚集在加州、喬治亞州、密蘇里州、賓州和德州參與了此項討論。

    來自衛生及人類服務部門的Winnie Cheung 及  Jerry Zee回覆了各式各樣關於健康保險交易市場的問題,該市場於10月1日啟用,問題包含合乎投保資格的條件為何、加入的開始日期、合格的領航員以及各語言的資源協助。

    此次Google 環聊是WHIAAPI 一系列各語言Google環聊的一部分,目標是針對滿足英語能力有限人口對平價健康法案了解的廣大需求。WHIAAPI也已經以韓語越南語舉行過類似的教育環聊。



    Audrey Buehring亞裔美國人和太平洋島民白宮倡議中擔任副主任。

  • Share Your Story and Help AAPIs #GetCovered

    Share your #GetCovered Story

    "The bottom line is I'm going to need you, and the country needs you. And a lot of your friends and peers, they may not know that they need you, but if something happens somewhere down the road where they really need to get to a hospital or a doctor, the fact that you have talked to them and gotten them involved is going to make all the difference in the world." — President Obama at the  Affordable Care Act Youth Summit, Dec. 4, 2013

    An estimated two million uninsured Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are eligible for health insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – but these individuals won’t gain access to affordable health care unless they know about the benefits of the ACA and how to enroll for coverage.

    Since open enrollment kicked off on October 1, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has continued efforts to reach and engage the AAPI community.  Community members have stepped up across the nation to lead efforts to spread the word about the ACA and help fellow AAPIs with enrollment. 

    We recently heard about a Laotian family who came to America as refugees, with the hope of improving their lives. For 30 years, the father worked at the same job to provide for his family, but his children have met challenges in the job market. His daughter completed college, but has to make ends meet with a combination of temporary and factory jobs, none of which provide insurance. His son hasn't been able to find a steady job. Both faced mounting medical bills, but were previously denied for Medicaid because their minimal incomes were considered too high.

    Thanks to the ACA, the family now has access to essential health care they couldn’t afford before. Because they live in Illinoisa state that expanded its Medicaid programthey now qualify for Medicaid.

    While many AAPIs, like this family, are benefitting from the ACA, we don’t hear about it enough.  Do you have a story of your own to share?  Maybe you’ve signed up for coverage or helped someone enroll, or maybe you’ve talked to your friends, family or coworkers about how the ACA can help them – let us know.  Send your name, location, and story to us at  Sharing your #GetCovered story could help other people learn about why it’s important to get health insurance coverage and how to do it.

    If you need health insurance coverage, check out your options for quality, affordable coverage and sign up by visiting, by calling 1-800-318-2596, or find someone who can help you in person at

    Note: Stories submitted to WHIAAPI may be treated as public information.  For example, the stories, along with your name, may be featured on and and posted on White House and HHS social media channels. We may also provide them to national leaders, members of the press or other individuals outside of the federal government.

    Juliet Bui is Policy Advisor on Health at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  • Calling All Students: Get Involved on National Youth Enrollment Day

    Youth Enrollment Day

    Calling all students!  February 15 is National Youth Enrollment Day, a collaborative effort to educate young adults across the country on the importance of having health insurance.

    The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders invites you to join us on a conference call to learn more about National Youth Enrollment Day and how you can plan activities on your campuses and in your communities.

    The conference call will be on Thursday, February 6, at 5:00 PM EST. During the call, you will learn about resources available to help you plan activities around National Youth Enrollment Day.  
    To RSVP:

    Email with your name, school, graduation year, email address, and organizations you’re part of. Dial-in information will be provided upon confirmation of your RSVP.

    If you would also like to sign up to be a Healthy Engaged Youth (HEY!) Ambassador, please indicate your interest in your RSVP email. Through HEY!, we want to empower youth to spread the word to their peers and the AAPI community to ensure our community has access to affordable health care. HEY! Ambassadors commit to leading outreach activities in their communities.

    Jason Tengco is Advisor on Community Engagement of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  • President Obama Extends Best Wishes for the Lunar New Year

    Today, the White House released a video message from President Obama welcoming in the Lunar New Year.

    Echoing the President’s message, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs send our abundant best wishes to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year.

    2014 is the Year of the Horse.  The horse is a great and strong symbol. Many associate this symbol with “swift success” for all facets of one’s life.   We wish that everyone fulfills his or her potential and achieves success in 2014.  In his State of the Union address, the President declared 2014 to be a year of action so it seems only fitting that it is also the Year of the Horse. 

  • Honoring the Legacy of Fred Korematsu

    Today, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American hero who stood his ground in the face of injustice.

    After the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941, Fred Korematsu challenged President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 that authorized the U.S. military to forcibly remove more than 120,000 people, mostly of Japanese descent, from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the country. Two-thirds of these people were American citizens. Mr. Korematsu went into hiding in the Oakland area, becoming a fugitive, and was arrested and convicted of violating the federal order. His case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 decision, the Court upheld the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 under the justification of national security.

    In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed a special commission to investigate Japanese American internment during World War II. The commission concluded that the decisions to remove those of Japanese ancestry to internment camps occurred because of "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership". Four decades after the Supreme Court decision, a legal historian discovered evidence proving that U.S. intelligence agencies knew that Japanese Americans posed no military threat to the country during World War II. Mr. Korematsu's conviction was overturned in 1983 by District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel. When Mr. Korematsu stood in front of Judge Marilyn Patel he said these famous words: “I would like to see the government admit that they were wrong and do something about it so this will never happen again to any American citizen of any race, creed, or color.” In a formal apology under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the U.S. government granted $1.6 billion in reparations to all Japanese Americans who had been interned.

    In 1998 when President Clinton awarded Mr. Korematsu the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, he stated, "In the long history of our country's constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stand for millions of souls.  Plessy, Brown, Parks … to that distinguished list, today we add the name of Fred Korematsu."

    Fred Korematsu died of respiratory failure at his daughter's home in Marin County, California on March 30, 2005. To commemorate his legacy, on September 23, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that designates January 30 “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.”

    Today, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu so we will never forget the injustices inflicted upon innocent citizens who were incarcerated, treated like second-class citizens, and denied due process and equal protection guaranteed to them by the Constitution. The stories of Fred Korematsu and of many other leaders in the fight for civil rights not only remind us of the wrongs in history, but also serve as a learning opportunity for all of us on how we should treat our neighbors and fellow citizens. Today, we remember the dangers of casting stereotypes based on race, religion, or sexual orientation. And we recommit to our country’s ideals of protecting civil rights and promoting an environment where people can strive to achieve the American dream based solely on the content of their characters, not on the color of their skin, where they come from, or who they love. 

    Kiran Ahuja is Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

  • Today: Learn About the Health Insurance Marketplace in Chinese (Mandarin)

    Our Chinese in-language Hangout will take place today, Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST).  We hope you will join the conversation – in Chinese (Mandarin)! Our goal is to bring greater awareness of health care to the AAPI population, so that all people achieve their full potential for health. Join our Google hangout here.

    Maria Pastrana Lujan is an Outreach Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    汉语Google Hangout将于2014年1月23日星期四,3:00-4:00 PM 美国东岸时间举行。我们希望您可以参与这次重要的交流!我们的目的是将健康保险知识带到亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民的团体,以至所有人民可以活得健康。(在此加入Googlehangout.)

    Maria Pastrana Lujan:白宫亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民事务处对外联络顾问。

    漢語Google Hangout將於2014年1月23日星期四,3:00-4:00 PM 美國東岸時間舉行。我們希望您可以參與這次重要的交流!我們的目的是將健康保險知識帶到亞裔美國人和太平洋島民的團體,以至所有人民可以活得健康。(在此加入Googlehangout.)

    Maria Pastrana Lujan: 白宫亞裔美國人和太平洋島民事務處对外聯繫顾问。