Health Care Glossary Released for Asian Pacific Islanders

Article Source: Equal Voice For Families
Original Post Date: December 8, 2015

A free glossary listing commonly-used health care terms in Asian and Pacific Islander languages is now available to help more people enroll in insurance coverage under the the Affordable Care Act, according to a California-based national grassroots coalition. advancingjustice-la_logo

The Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary, released by Action for Health Justice, lists about 100 terms in English, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Vietnamese, Laotian, Marshallese, Tagalog and Tongan.

More languages will be available in the near future. The open enrollment period for coverage under the federal health care law started on Nov. 1 and will end on Jan. 31, 2016.

The glossary, led by a coalition including Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, was launched last year because grassroots and health care organizations found a lack of reference tools to assist Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders navigate the enrollment process. For 2015, the new glossary languages, as of early December, are: Laotian, Marshallese, Tagalog and Tongan.

To receive a copy, Action for Health Justice asks people and grassroots organizations to fill out an online web form or a Google doc form. After that, people will be able to download the Health Insurance Enrollment Glossary.

In the near future, Action for Health Justice expects to have the glossary available in Burmese, Chuukese, Hindi, Hmong and Khmer.

The words in the glossary are common among health care practitioners and insurance providers, Action for Health Justice said in a Dec. 1 statement. The words also can be confusing in many communities unless they are provided in native languages.

As a group, about a third of all Asian Pacific Islanders in the country have challenges when it comes to speaking, reading or writing English, according to the coalition. To bridge this gap, coalition members worked with community and health care organizations, especially ones that specialize in outreach and insurance enrollment.

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations is a key member of the coalition, which includes the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, South Asian Network, Hmong American Partnership and the National Tongan American Society.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is also part of the Health Justice Network, which is helping people enroll in health coverage.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles advocates for civil rights and provides legal services and education to serve the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

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