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Kathy Ko Chin
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Kathy Ko Chin is president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Kathy has worked in senior management positions in community-based and philanthropic organizations throughout her 30 year career. Kathy has also worked in a number of health care settings and community clinics across the country, including San Francisco General Hospital, University of California San Francisco Institute for Health Policy Studies, Planned Parenthood SF, South Cove Community Health Center in Boston, and with the longest tenure as the Associate Director of Asian Health Services. Kathy is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as of Stanford University, with additional coursework at the London School of Economics and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Entries by Kathy Ko Chin

Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered in a new American era, creating a social compact that would withstand generations when he signed two hallmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, into law. On that day, Mr. Johnson reflected on the nation's duty to care for its citizens and...

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The Next Big Thing: Connecting Insured to Care

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:01 PM

With the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) first open enrollment period behind us, the next big task is connecting the newly insured to care. This will undoubtedly require significant effort and one we will struggle with in the coming years as population demographics change.

Part of the challenge is poor...

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Peace of Mind for 30 Cents

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Thirty cents. What is mere pocket change to some bought an insurance card, and with it, peace of mind for one of many families.

As the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) first open enrollment period winds down, critics continue their attempts to repeal the law. But the reality of life...

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Poor Women on the Margins

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 6:35 PM

Every woman knows that the decision of whether or when to become a parent is the most personal and has lifelong gifts and impact. The decision affects her physical health and well-being as well as her family.

As a teenager when Roe v. Wade was decided, the decision was...

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The President Was Right: It's More Than Just a Website

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:30 AM

"The Affordable Care Act is not just a website. It's much more."

In spite of the troubled launch of healthcare.gov, President Obama's statement provided a timely reminder of everything else that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is for so many people. And for the over one million Americans who...

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Open Enrollment: Keep Calm and Carry On

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:45 PM

Surprise! Obamacare's first 30 days of open enrollment numbers have finally arrived and -- pause for effect -- they are low. Lower than expected and considerably lower than the 500,000 the White House was hoping for. And certainly low enough to strike fear in the hearts of those...

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Shutdown, Default, Defund or Delay: It's Budget Déjà Vu

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Sadly, the final quarter of 2013 is shaping up to look a lot like 2012. The clock is ticking as the U.S. inches closer to two impending fiscal deadlines.

Like last year, Congress must reach a compromise not only to fund the government outside of the normal budget process,...

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50 Years Later, a Different America But Still the Same Dream

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Fifty years later and we are still waiting. Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s rising "I Have a Dream" speech.

The issues America faced then are both similar and worlds away from the challenges we face now. No...

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Moving Beyond Health Reform Toward Health Equity

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 6:21 PM

With implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full swing, the focus has shifted from questioning its constitutionality to how well the law will live up to its promises.

Critics have a laser focus on the law's alleged shortcomings, and as with any major piece of legislation, there...

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Good Idea: Immigration Reform, Bad Idea: Restricting Health Care

(9) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 9:25 PM

As the Senate prepares for a floor vote on their bipartisan immigration bill and members of the House continue working diligently to craft their own language, the hotly contested issue of access to health care has again come into the spotlight.

If some members have it their way, the...

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Want to Fix Our Immigration System? Start With the Facts

(22) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:55 PM

The immigration game is on in Washington and half-truths, faulty premises and omissions have started coming out of the woodwork. With reform efforts in full swing, it has become increasingly clear that there are some who will do anything to stop the bill in its tracks. The momentum is palpable...

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Health Reform's Success Depends on Language Access

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:53 PM

This isn't groundbreaking news, but shopping for health insurance is difficult. In addition to cost issues, there are a number of obstacles that keep more than 45 million people in this country from getting covered. Finding and comparing insurance companies, individual plans and the different ways in which...

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Everyone Should Have a Chance at the American Dream

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 1:53 PM

I believe in the American Dream because I am the embodiment of it. I believe in America because it was founded upon justice and equal opportunity. And, I believe that there is no such thing as an illegal human being.

As a child of Chinese immigrants, I know what...

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The Fiscal Cliff and Health: A Scary Combination

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 9:46 AM

New trending topic: the fiscal cliff. Washington loves its metaphors and the fiscal cliff is no exception. Unless Congress and the administration reach a new compromise, come Jan. 2, 2013, discretionary spending, or what most people really consider "government" -- education, transportation and health -- will be slashed...

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Making Prevention a Priority

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Prevention and wellness across the lifespan: That's the theme for this week's American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco. In a time when the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic -- 35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese...

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Let Us Vote: Our Voices Are Equal on Election Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:44 PM

A major presidential election is fast-approaching and I'm afraid that millions who want their voice heard will not get the chance to vote on November 6.

I run an organization dedicated to affordable and accessible health care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, so why am I writing...

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Starting This Week: Affordable Preventive Care for Millions of Women

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 5:01 PM

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for health reform! In late June, the Supreme Court handed down a decisive victory by upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) almost in its entirety. Just a few weeks later, leaders in the House of Representatives continued their two-years-plus assault on the...

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A Victory for Communities of Color and for the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that is bound to go down in the history books as monumental. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the subject of endless debate, commentary, political jockeying and legal analysis, yesterday we learned a simple lesson: real people can win.

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Twenty Years Later and Still Fighting Invisibility

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 2:52 PM

I recall stepping into a large auditorium. It was the first time that I had entered such a multi-racial gathering around the issue of AIDS and HIV. The opportunity to address such an audience was both scary and electrifying. I knew the challenges I had faced in trying to serve...

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A Movement for National Minority Health Month

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 1:40 PM

This month, organizations around the nation are celebrating National Minority Health Month and joining together to voice their concerns about health and health care disparities in their communities and how to work together to achieve health equity. Communities of color and low-income populations experience a number of health-...

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