LOS ANGELES (Sept. 15, 2014) — Today – exactly two months before the next Open Enrollment Period that begins on Nov. 15, 2014 – Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) and 30 of its Health Justice Network (HJN) partners were awarded a $685,000 grant from Covered California ($501,000 in new funding for navigator activities and $184,000 in current funding from its prior Outreach and Education grant).
The navigator program is intended to help subsidy-eligible consumers enroll in coverage through Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Advancing Justice-LA and HJN will use the grant to conduct outreach, enrollment, post-enrollment, and retention activities targeting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) statewide during the second Open Enrollment Period, which runs from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015.
Advancing Justice-LA and HJN will build on their successful efforts from the first Open Enrollment Period that ran from fall 2013 to spring 2014. During the first Open Enrollment Period, an estimated 295,000 AANHPIs enrolled in Covered California and another 328,000 AANHPIs enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program.
“Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is pleased that our efforts, including those of our statewide Health Justice Network partners, continue to be recognized by Covered California,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice – LA. “We believe that our effective outreach and education activities during the first Open Enrollment Period contributed significantly to the high overall enrollment rates by our community. Despite that success, Covered California’s data shows serious gaps for communities such as Cambodian, Hmong, and Pacific Islanders. In the second Open Enrollment Period, we are excited to build on our successes but also determined to reach those we missed the first time.”
The Health Justice Network, anchored by Advancing Justice-LA, is a statewide collaborative comprised of over 60 community-based organizations, health care providers, and small business groups, which seeks to address the health care needs of vulnerable communities and to implement health care reform in California. HJN partners serve culturally and linguistically diverse AANHPI communities, including Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and multiple South Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
“There is wide range of social and economic diversity within the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community, with over 30 different ethnic groups, dozens of distinct languages, and great differences in educational attainment, immigration history, and ability to speak and understand English,” explained Doreena Wong, director of Advancing Justice-LA’s Health Access Project. “All of these factors impact participation in Covered California so we have expanded our statewide partners so that we include more organizations that have the cultural and linguistic expertise and also the credibility to serve targeted ethnic groups in our community.”
HJN members funded under the navigator grant include: Los Angeles: Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc.; API Equality-LA; Chinatown Service Center; Empowering Pacific Islander Communities; Families In Good Health; Filipino American Services Group, Inc.; Guam Communications Network; Korean American Community Services; Korean Churches for Community Development; Korean Resource Center; Little Tokyo Service Center; Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance; Search to Involve Pilipino Americans; South Asian Network, Inc.; Thai Community Development Center; Thai Health and Information Services, Inc.; United Cambodian Community; Young Nak Outreach Transformation Foundation; Orange County: Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance; Pacific Islander Health Partnership Sacramento: Asian Resources, Inc.; Santa Clara County: Asian Law Alliance, Inc.; International Children Assistance Network; Korean American Community Services; Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation; San Francisco Bay Area: Korean Community Center of the East Bay, Inc.; Samoan Community Development Center; Taulama for Tongans; San Diego: Operation Samahan, Inc.; Union of Pan Asian Communities.
Advancing Justice-LA and many of its HJN partners are Certified Enrollment Entities with Certified Enrollment Counselors who can provide information about health care options under Covered California and help enroll any uninsured individuals into Covered California or Medi-Cal.