AAPI Weekly Highlights: The Economic Benefits of Providing a Path to Earned Citizenship

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AAPI Highlights, August 19, 2013

Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Read about the one year anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, how the Affordable Care Act helps small businesses, WHIAAPI’s upcoming Korean language Google Hangout on the Health Insurance Marketplace, and more agency announcements.

President Barack Obama looks back towards a group of students before signing H.R. 1911, the

President Barack Obama looks back towards a group of students before signing H.R. 1911, the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013," in the Oval Office, Aug. 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

One Year Anniversary of Implementation of Deferred Action Policy for DREAMers

One year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing a policy that makes our immigration system more representative of our values as a nation. DHS began accepting requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a policy that provides young people who were brought to the United States as children with temporary protection from deportation if they can demonstrate that they meet several criteria. Because the Administration acted, hundreds of thousands of ambitious, hardworking young people have been able to emerge from the shadows, no longer living in fear of deportation. As of July 31, over 430,000 young people have received deferred action. These young people are not just numbers, they are aspiring Americans each with a unique story. Read more about the one year anniversary of DACA.

Five Ways the Affordable Care Act Helps America’s Small Businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and for the 28 million small employers across the country, healthcare is a major concern. The Affordable Care Act provides benefits and opportunities to small businesses that will help increase access to affordable coverage options. Here are five key ways the Affordable Care Act can benefit small employers and their workers.

Historic Consumer Protections Take Effect, On Time

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and for the 28 million small employers. Landmark consumer protections, including limits on out-of pocket costs in health insurance plans, are taking effect next year, on time. Here are the facts: Under the Affordable Care Act, for the first time, new historic consumer protections will stop the worst insurance company abuses, by making it illegal for companies to discriminate based on pre-existing health conditions, ending lifetime and annual dollar limits on what an insurance company will cover, and capping out-of pocket spending to protect Americans and their families. For the first time, under the Affordable Care Act, consumers’ out-of-pocket costs will be limited to no more than $6,350 per individual, and $12,700 per family, to help protect people with serious illness from financial ruin. Read more about the consumer protections that are taking effect.

The Economic Benefits of Providing a Path to Earned Citizenship

Last week, the White House released a report detailing the economic benefits of providing a path to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. shadow economy. As highlighted in the report, a range of economic research has shown that immigrants living and working in the United States without authorization are earning far less than their potential, paying much less in taxes, and contributing significantly less to the U.S. economy than they would if they were given the opportunity to gain legal status and earn U.S. citizenship. According to outside estimates, providing earned citizenship for these workers would increase their wages and, over 10 years, boost U.S. GDP by $1.4 trillion, increase total income for all Americans by $791 billion, generate $184 billion in additional state and federal tax revenue from currently undocumented immigrants, and add about 2 million jobs to the U.S. economy. Read the report detailing the economic benefits of providing a path to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

WHIAAPI Announcements

AAPI Forum with Faith-Based and Community Leaders – August 24, 2013

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in partnership with Stanford Law and its Religious Liberty Clinic, cordially invites you to attend an AAPI Forum with Faith-Based and Community Leaders on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Stanford Law School. The forum is designed to connect the faith-based communities of the San Francisco Bay Area with our nation’s public leaders. This convening includes panel discussions with federal officials on key issues impacting the community, as well as an open-dialogue session to hear directly from the community about issues of concern. Topics covered include economic growth, immigration integration, civil rights, and education. Read the agenda and RSVP for the forum.

Learn About the Health Insurance Marketplace in Korean – August 27, 2013

Nearly 1 in 5 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) do not have health insurance. We know that health coverage is important to our families, and now, it will be more accessible than ever through the Affordable Care Act —what some may know as Obamacare, health reform, or the health care law of 2010. You’ve probably heard about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which will be open on October 1. But you probably still have questions, like what is the Marketplace, and can I really get health insurance? To provide information about the new Health Insurance Marketplace to members of the AAPI community who do not understand, or have difficulty understanding English, the White House Initiative on AAPIs will host a series of online Google+ Hangouts in AAPI languages. The first of these Hangouts will be in Korean. During the Hangout, there will be a live question and answer period with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They will respond to your questions and provide information on how to obtain health care coverage through the new Marketplace. The Hangout will be on Tuesday, August 27th at 3pm EST. Learn more about WHIAAPI’s Google Hangout in Korean.

NASA to Post Strategic Documents Online in AAPI languages

NASA, as part of AAPI Plan under Executive Order 13515, is posting strategic documents online in AAPI languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The translated documents reflect key areas of the Agency¹s operations and activities having direct impact on AAPI communities. These include, to date, Agency brochures and fact sheets on Airspace Systems, Small Business Programs, and Equal Opportunity. NASA invites members of the public to view the translated materials, accessible on their Airspace Systems Program, Office of Small Business Programs, and Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity pages.

Agency Announcements

HealthCare.gov: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Your best protection against fraud is you! Starting October 1, 2013, you can apply for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, on HealthCare.gov. A few simple things can protect you from fraud, while getting you the coverage you need. Read the list of four things that can protect you from fraud.

Corporation for National & Community Service: AmeriCorps Members Help Fulfill Red Cross Mission

As a part of the National Preparedness & Response Corps (NPRC), over 100 AmeriCorps members recently joined the ranks of the American Red Cross and will take positions in 21 chapters around the country to help communities be better prepared for disasters. The NPRC is the national AmeriCorps grant-funded disaster preparedness and response program of the Red Cross. NPRC members commit to a total of 1,700 service hours and 11 months of full-time service to the Red Cross. Read more about AmeriCorps’ work with the Red Cross.

U.S. Treasury: A Research-Based Approach to Financial Capability for Young Americans

The belief that the behavioral building blocks of financial security can and should be practiced from a very young age is at the heart of the “Starting Early for Financial Success” initiative from the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC). To accomplish the goals of the initiative, FLEC recognizes the need for sound research and evidence, especially when designing new policies or programs to improve financial decision-making and financial capability for young Americans -- from budgeting to saving. FLEC is calling for research from any discipline that sheds new light on issues related to the financial knowledge of young people, from early age through the start of their careers. Among FLEC’s interests is research that focuses on young adults, as many of these individuals are currently managing high levels of debt that impact investments in future homeownership and retirement saving. Read more about FLEC.

Grant Opportunities

HUD: Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing

The Service Coordinator in Multifamily Housing Program provides funding for the employment and support of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted housing properties that were designed for the elderly or nonelderly persons with disabilities and continue to operate as such. Service coordinators help residents obtain supportive services from the community that are needed to enable independent living and aging in place. The closing date for applicants is October 14, 2013. Read about the opportunity.

NIH: Onsite Tools and Technologies for Heart, Lung, and Blood Clinical Research Point-of-Care SBIR

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research using advanced technologies to develop novel point-of-care (POC) devices and implement existing technologies in clinical settings with a goal to guide diagnostic and therapeutic efforts for the heart, lung, blood (HLB) and sleep disorders. The closing date for applicants is November 15, 2013. Read more about the opportunity.