Health Care Reform And Us

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Caught this article on Obama's Health Care Reform and what some API groups are pushing for - while you might know some of the stats, it'll be interesting to see how these will be addressed:

California State Assemblyman Mike Eng said: "Given the Asian and Pacific Islander community's ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, understanding the unique needs of each community is essential to developing a health reform that will meet those needs." Eng commissioned a report by a team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles to uncover the disparities.

Key findings of the report show that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHIs) are the only racial group for whom the leading cause of death is cancer, with higher rates among Asian Americans (27.7 percent) and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (25.4 percent) than for White (23.3 percent), Latino (20.4 percent), Black (22.4 percent) and American Indian and Alaska Native (20.3 percent) populations in California in 2004 [...]

AANHPIs in California are as susceptible, and for some groups more susceptible, to being uninsured. Koreans, Vietnamese and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders all have uninsured rates that are higher than the state average, according to the report.

Read it in full here.