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Kathy Ko Chin
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

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders Need Health Insurance Before the Jan. 31 Deadline

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 5:34 PM

This year, 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can gain health coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of these people have never had insurance before and cannot afford doctor visits and prescription medications. Before the ACA, nearly one in seven AAs and NHPIs were uninsured -- and...

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Court Ruling Pushes Immigrant Families Back Into Shadows

(250) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 2:13 PM

Deportation -- a word that so many aspiring Americans fear. A recent court decision dealt a disappointing blow to nearly 5 million immigrant youth and parents who are seeking relief from deportation. Including up to half a million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, this ruling continues to block President Obama's...

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Another 50 Years: Protecting Medicaid and Medicare

(3) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:35 PM

Fifty years ago, the idea of creating a social health care safety net was far from a sure thing. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicaid and Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, it was amidst much controversy regarding whether the government should involve itself in health insurance. Decades...

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Celebrating Our Heritage By Ensuring Health Equity for Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:20 PM

This year, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has helped 16 million people move one step closer to living healthy lives. Yet, it would be wrong to think the fight for health equity is over. It is just beginning. During Asian Pacific American Heritage...

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Obamacare at Five

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:38 PM

In the five years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, we've seen more progress in expanding health care to millions than in the last four decades combined. The ACA has translated into real reform and real changes that help real people. An incredible 16.4 million have...

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Message to Congress: CHIP Matters to Our Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:32 AM

As organizations serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs), we advocate for the future of our communities--our children. Putting the health and wellbeing of this and future generations first should be something we can all agree on. Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults, and...

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Thanks to Community Outreach, Obamacare Is Working for Diverse Groups

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 3:34 PM

We are well into the second open enrollment period, and the numbers are telling: nearly 7.3 million people have enrolled in coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace. Ten million people have gained coverage since the first open enrollment period, including hundreds of thousands of Asian...

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Round Two Will Be Even Harder

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 7:04 PM

A mere four weeks lie ahead of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) second open enrollment period and all eyes are on Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell to avoid the glitches that plagued efforts last fall. The consensus among health advocates is clear: this year's enrollment will be even more...

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Time to Put Policy Over Politics

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 7:24 PM

In August 2012, President Obama extended the policy of deferred action (known as DACA) and provided temporary relief from deportation and made available work permits for certain undocumented children and young adults. For many, this has been nothing short of life-changing.

DACA children and young adults, also known as...

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Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:47 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 | 4:01 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 | 6:09 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 | 7:35 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 | 10:30 AM

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

In spite of the troubled launch of, 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 | 4:45 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 | 1:19 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 | 2:21 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 | 7:21 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 | 10:25 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 | 1:55 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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