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Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Barriers to/Disparities in Health Care; Use of Health Services; Current Population Survey (CPS); National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Employment-based coverage; Medicaid/Medi-Cal; Uninsured; Immigrant; Low-Income; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Uninsured; Access to Health Care; Health Insurance Coverage and Programs; Population Focus; Data Sources

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Although all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are often counted together as one minority, they are an extremely diverse group.  These ethnic subgroups vary not only by national origin, but also by language, culture, socioeconomic status, citizenship and refugee status, the circumstances of immigration, and how long their families have lived in the United States.  Some of these ethnic subgroups have recent immigration histories and stronger ties to their Asian culture, while others have substantial numbers of at least third generation Americans. This gradient of acculturation is significant because both culture and language affect health in many ways, including individual health practices and a person’s ability to navigate in the American health system.

Co-published by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research & The Kaiser Family Foundation. Drawn from "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Health Insurance and Health Care." Brown ER, Ojeda V, Wyn R, Levan R. August 2000.


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