Contact: Erin Pangilinan, KAYA National Communications Director, erin@kayagrassroots.org

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Romney’s Pledge to Roll Back Women’s Health Care Hurts Filipina Americans

Washington, D.C. – KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress believes Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential candidates stance to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rolls back the clock on women’s health care coverage.


Earlier this week, a New York Times article highlighted a disturbing fact about the American health care system: women still pay more than men for the same health insurance. In 36 states where so-called “gender rating” is still allowed, 90 percent of the most popular health plans charge women more than men for the very same coverage. One of the advancements in health care equity made by the Affordable Care Act was the across the board ban of discriminatory “gender rating” policies.


According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, approximately 11 percent of Filipino Americans are still uninsured. Studies show that Filipino American populations suffer from high numbers of heart disease, diabetes,and cancer. In addition, Filipina Americans have one of the lowest survival rates for breast cancer.
 
But instead of focusing on solutions for the issues our Filipina American family members and friends face, Mitt Romney and Republicans have pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act and all the protections it put in place against gender-based health discrimination.

The gains made by the Affordable Care Act mean that Filipina Americans will be able to purchase quality affordable health insurance, that covers essential health benefits. Many of the ACA’s provisions have gone into effect which include free preventive health services, young adults being able to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26, and no denial of insurance to children with pre-existing conditions. These are issues important to Filipina Americans and their families. President Obama has fought for the health of the Filipino American community. Governor Romney’s proposals to repeal the ACA will mean more health disparities in the health care system and his actions continue to demonstrate that he wants to protect the special interests in health care at the expense of the middle class.

Filipina American women are tired of dealing with unfair and biased health care practices. Filipino Americans of all genders stand together to say if Mitt Romney is going to stand for gender discrimination in health care, then he is wrong for all American women.”

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KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress

KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress was founded in January 2009, to build a political infrastructure to ensure that the Filipino American community is represented in the electoral process and governance. KAYA was born from the Filipinos for Obama Campaign during the 2008 Presidential election. KAYA’s mission is to mobilize the Filipino American community and build partnerships to increase our electoral power, advocate policies that affect our community, and develop leaders to represent us at every level of government.

http://www.kayagrassroots.org

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