AAPI Weekly Highlights: What Obamacare Means for You

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AAPI Highlights, September 30, 2013

Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Read about what Obamacare means for you, a new report showing that Marketplace premiums are lower than expected, WHIAAPI’s upcoming webinar on Hepatitis B, and more agency announcements.

As a reminder, you can read about our work at www.whitehouse.gov/aapi and you can follow us on Twitter: @WhiteHouseAAPI for the Initiative, @KiranAhujaAAPI for Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the Initiative, and @Inouye44 for Shin Inouye, White House Director of Specialty Media.

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton are bathed in blue light as they talk backstage prior to participating in the Clinton Global

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton are bathed in blue light as they talk backstage prior to participating in the Clinton Global Initiative Healthcare Forum at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2013. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, waits to introduce them. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

White House White Board: What Obamacare Means for You

The Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - means better coverage for those who already have health insurance, and more options for those who don’t, including a new way to shop for affordable, high-quality coverage. Watch the latest White House White Board to learn more about what the law means for you.

Applying for Health Insurance Just Got Easier

On October 1, millions of Americans will have a simple new way to get affordable health coverage: the Health Insurance Marketplace. With one application, you'll be able to compare all your coverage options side-by-side, learn if you can get lower costs based on your income, and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and your budget. In fact, the new application is so simple, it's 17 pages shorter than the current application you'd fill out to enroll in coverage in the individual market. Visit HealthCare.gov now and learn how to sign up starting on October 1.

Delivering on the Affordable Care Act: Marketplace Premiums Lower than Expected

At the center of the Affordable Care Act is the premise that we need to make health care more affordable and accessible for more Americans, and a new report demonstrates just how affordable insurance will be. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that in state after state, affordable options will be available through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014. Read more about the Marketplace premiums.

All Hands on Deck: Renewing the Call to Combat Human Trafficking

One year ago, President Obama announced the Administration’s commitment to lead the fight against human trafficking during a seminal speech at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. During his remarks, the President announced new initiatives from across the Administration to help redouble our efforts to combat trafficking both at home and abroad. Over the past year, we’ve made great strides and increased our efforts in order to realize the President’s vision. However, we still have so much more to do. Read about the progress made to combat human trafficking.

WHIAAPI Announcements

Webinar: Hepatitis B and Reducing Perinatal Transmission: An Overview and Discussion of New Tools – October 10

Please join us on Thursday, October 10, from 2:30-4:00 PM EDT for a webinar on Hepatitis B and Reducing Perinatal Transmission with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and Hep B United. Mother to child transmission, also known as perinatal transmission, of hepatitis B is still a public health issue in the U.S. Approximately 800 newborns in the U.S. are chronically infected each year through perinatal exposure. Half of all hepatitis B-infected individuals—or 1 in 12—are from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations, and the most common form of transmission is from mother to child. Register and learn more about the 10/10 webinar.

Agency Announcements

CMS Launches New Marketplace Resource – Find Local Help Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has soft launched a new online “Local Help” function to help locate in person enrollment assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. At LocalHelp.healthcare.gov users can input their geographic location to identify local consumer assistance destinations to serve consumers and small businesses. The information is mobile optimized so it can be easily accessed on tablets and smartphones. The data behind the Local Help tool consists of many Navigator grantees, Certified Application counselors, state Medicaid and CHIP agencies and others who are trained to provide in person assistance to consumers and small businesses. As many organizations are still completing the training and certification process the database will be regularly updated to add new locations as they become available. Go to LocalHelp.healthcare.gov to use the tool and read more.

Launching the Small Business Health Option Program Marketplace

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ramping up its education and outreach efforts for America’s small businesses on the Affordable Care Act. In coordination with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Small Business Majority, Main Street Alliance, Business Forward, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the campaign will help small employers learn more about how to take advantage of the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP), part of the Health Insurance Marketplace that opens October 1. View the SHOP website.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $2.8 million in Grants for Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Programs

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $2,802,676 in grants to Alu Like, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization, primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians, to plan, conduct and administer career and technical education programs. The seven grants—awarded under the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP), in partnership with Alu Like Inc.—will provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards to prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in emerging or established professions. Read more about the grants.

HUD Awards $38 Million To Fight Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $38.3 million to 95 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia in an effort to reduce housing discrimination (see attached list of grantees).Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants.

Grant Opportunities

NIMH: Disaster Mental Health Research Intervention Center

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announces a unique opportunity for investigators to utilize diverse but related infrastructure, technology, human, and material resources to plan and implement multiple research projects directed toward improving mental health response to disasters and other emergency events. This initiative seeks to leverage the existing disaster mental health response infrastructure and workforce to study the integration of evidence-based and promising interventions into current mental health response to disasters. A flexible funding mechanism will allow for pre-planning (in advance of large scale emergencies) between researchers and disaster response providers to develop rigorous intervention and services research studies. Applications are due February 3, 2014. Read more about this grant opportunity.

NIH: Pragmatic Research in Healthcare Settings to Improve Diabetes Prevention and Care

The purpose of this Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to test approaches to improve diabetes treatment and prevention in existing healthcare settings. Applications are sought that test practical and potentially sustainable strategies, delivered in routine clinical care settings, to improve processes of care and health outcomes of individuals who are at risk for or have diabetes. The goal is that the research results will improve routine clinical practice and inform policy in representative healthcare settings. Closing date is November 1, 2016. Read more about this grant opportunity.