WASHINGTON — The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week began the second Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act Enrollment Week of Action, in partnership with the Action for Health Justice collaborative.

The Week of Action aims to encourage AAPI individuals who have not enrolled for health insurance to learn more, get engaged and enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace by Feb. 15.

Throughout the week, Action for Health Justice partners will hold enrollment events for AAPI families to learn about the Affordable Care Act and receive free, in-person assistance to enroll in health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Partners also plan to be active on social media, using hashtag #AAPIhealth, to share information, resources and stories of AAPIs who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act.

New in-language resources for AAPI communities to learn about the Affordable Care Act are also available.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new From Coverage to Care toolkits available in Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.

These toolkits help explain how to use your health insurance plan, providing guidance on how to find a health care provider and make a doctor appointment.

The Initiative and HHS also released eight new in-language educational ACA videos in Burmese, Hmong, Khmer and Lao.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for assistance in 150 languages, and enroll before Feb. 15.

Here is a blog by the White House’s Tina Tchen on the Week of Action.

The summer after he graduated from college, Kalwis Lo learned he had stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.

His private health insurance plan denied him coverage for treatment, claiming the cancer diagnosis was a “pre-existing condition.”

Every major private health plan turned him away.

His family was forced to dip into their savings and ask friends and family for help to cover the cost of his testing and chemotherapy treatments.

His family faced financial strain until Kalwis discovered that the Affordable Care Act created a temporary program for anyone denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

He enrolled in the program and that fall, Kalwis was able to get the treatment he needed and today is cancer-free.

Kalwis’ story is one of the reasons why President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.

No one should be denied health insurance coverage when they need it most.

Unfortunately, many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) still lack health insurance coverage and don’t see a doctor on a regular basis.

In fact, in 2010, nearly 24 percent of Asian-Americans and over 37 percent of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders reported that they had not seen a doctor in the past year.

Through the Affordable Care Act, nearly 2 million uninsured AAPIs gained access to health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and it is likely that eight in 10 will qualify for financial assistance!

So today, I encourage all Americans — including AAPIs across the country — who have not enrolled for health insurance to learn more, get engaged, and enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Market-place by Feb. 15.

To encourage AAPI families to get health coverage, throughout the week of Jan. 26-30, the White House, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are partnering with community groups to hold enrollment events for AAPI families to learn about the Affordable Care Act and receive free, in-person, and in-language assistance to enroll in health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Partners also plan to be active on social media, using hashtag #AAPIhealth, to share information, resources, and stories of AAPIs who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

Translation services are available.

The call is free.

And remember to enroll before Feb. 15, 2015!

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Tina Tchen is the assistant to the President and chief of staff for the First Lady.

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