ST. PAUL (Dec. 3, 2013) — Hmong American Partnership is funded to help sign up community members for health insurance coverage.
HAP received $150,000 from MNSure, Minnesota’s new central marketplace, to assist individuals, families, and small businesses to purchase affordable health insurance, as well as access tax credit to help pay for coverage. HAP was the only Asian Pacific Islander-based organization in the State that received funding to serve uninsured individuals within a growing refugee and immigrant population in the Twin Cities.
“The communities that HAP serves have traditionally had low rates of health insurance coverage,” said HAP President/CEO Bao Vang. “Many also come from cultural backgrounds where health insurance has historically never existed. Our trained staff members are working hard to register as many uninsured individuals and families as possible onto MNSure, so they can finally access quality and affordable health insurance.”
The funding will help enroll Southeast Asian Minnesotans mainly through face-to-face contact and direct referrals. The open enrollment period will be from October 2013 through March 2014.
Activities and outcomes include:
• HAP will enroll 1,040 people in private insurance, Medicaid, or MinnesotaCare via MNSure during the open enrollment period.
• Following the open enrollment period and until the end of 2014, HAP will enroll more than 280 clients in Medicaid, MinnesotaCare, or private insurance.
• HAP will meet with leaders and staff of relevant Asian Pacific Islander organizations in order to educate them about MNSure and invite them to provide referrals to HAP.
• HAP will organize and stage at least 19 community meetings about MNSure over the course of the year.
Hmong American Partnership is a community development organization whose mission is: to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. HAP provides critical services and support to more than 5,000 community members annually. For more information about Hmong American Partnership and its programs, please visit HAP’s website at www.hmong.org.