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C H A R G E stands for Coalition for Health Access to Reach Greater Equity. Project CHARGE creates partnerships to build location solutions to national problems. Project CHARGE is one of 8 coalitions funded by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read more about the Health Advocacy Agenda and the Project CHARGE partners below.
 Project CHARGE
 Health Advocacy Agenda
 Project Partners
 How to Get Involved
Coalition for Health Access to Reach Greater Equity
Project CHARGE creates partnerships to build location solutions to national problems. Project CHARGE is one of 8 coalitions funded by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

As part of a 4-year national campaign to address health disparities among Asian Pacific Islander communities, Project CHARGE seeks to increase financial access to healthcare, through capacity building and the implementation of an advocacy & policy project.

The Kellogg Foundation awarded an unprecedented $16.5 million for Health Through Action, a groundbreaking national initiative in which APIAHF and 8 coalitions will work together to reduce health disparities among Asian Pacific Islanders locally and nationally.

Health Advocacy Agenda
Project CHARGE's Health Advocacy Agenda explains the needs of Asian Pacific Islander children and families for expanded financial access to health care coverage and the actions to be taken by Project CHARGE coalition members to address them.

Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) are by percentage the fastest growing population in New York City, making up 12% of the city’s population. There are almost 1 million APIs in New York City, representing over 40 diverse ethnic groups. Comprising 91% of the API community, the four largest Asian ethnic groups are Chinese (448,825), Asian Indians (244,628), Koreans (100,882), and Filipinos (75,098).

The United States is experiencing a health care crisis with the rising costs of care and growing numbers of uninsured and underinsured individuals. This is further magnified in the API community due to immigration status, language barriers, and cultural stigmas of accessing public benefits.

* There are currently 2.3 million uninsured Asian Pacific Islanders nationally. The highest rates nationally are among Koreans (31%) , Vietnamese (21%), and other South Asians (20%). In New York City, 1 in 5 Asian Pacific Islanders has been uninsured in the past year.
* Employability, earnings, and opportunities for advancement are impacted by English proficiency. Of all racial groups in New York City, Asian Pacific Islanders have the highest percentage (28%) to speak English "not well" or "not at all".
* Many Asian Pacific Islanders are self-employed, working in small businesses or in cash-based industries that are less likely to offer health benefits. There is a large variation in employer-based health coverage among Asian Pacific Islanders, from a low of 49% among Koreans to a high of 77% amongh Asian Indians nationally.
* Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Americans report a time in the past year when they did not have enough money to pay for medical or health care. This often meant skipping medical treatments, cutting pills, or not filling prescriptions because of cost.
* The annualized economic costs of uninsurance due to lost of productivitiy and diminished health and shorter life are estimated between $102-$204 billion.

Comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage provides individuals a valuable facilitator to gain access to preventive health care services, such as early detection, treatment, and better disease management. The costs of uninsurance or underinsurance to individuals and to society at large are enormous, resulting in poorer quality of life, missed work, bad debt, inefficient care, and diminished benefits of having a healthy, productive population.

Over the next 4 years, Project CHARGE will work toward expanding financial access to health care coverage for the Asian Pacific Islander community by:

Increasing access to public and employer-based health insurance coverage. Project CHARGE believes that the health care system must provide comprehensive and affordable health insurance coverage to all New Yorkers, including immigrants. We will support policies and initiatives that reduce barriers for APIs to enroll and maintain participation in public and private health insurance programs. We will Inform the API community about eligibility requirements, benefit options, and consumer rights. We will support the expansion of facilitated enrollment sites in the API community. We will engage elected officials, regulatory agencies, private health insurance companies, and public health plans to develop affordable, culturally competent, and language accessible initiatives targeting the API community. Having health insurance is important because insurance coverage allows APIs to get timely medical care and to improve their health and well-being.

Increasing affordability of care, including prescription medication and specialty services. Project CHARGE believes that health insurance coverage must be affordable and comprehensive for individuals, families, and businesses. We will support policies to ensure that deductibles are affordable and are not obstacles to timely, appropriate care. We will advocate for coverage that includes parity for mental health, prescription drugs, dental, hearing, vision, comprehensive reproductive health care, rehabilitation, and long-term care. We will promote equity in health care coverage, access, treatment, research, and resources to APIs, communities of color, and immigrant communities. By increasing access to affordable health care services, API families will not have to choose between providing essential health care services and other necessary household needs.

Project CHARGE Partners
Project CHARGE partners include (in alphabetic order):

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV & AIDS (APICHA)

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC)

Child Center of New York

Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)

Family Health Project

Henry Street Settlement

Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. (KC)

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS)

MAAWS for Global, Inc.

New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC)

NYU Center for Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH)

South Asian Health Initiative (SAHI)

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