In a new report by the
While most Hispanic adults in
“These findings show the need for greater language accessibility for this group in health care settings and when enrolling in and renewing health insurance coverage — particularly as some pandemic-related health coverage protections expire,” said
Haley noted that the
“Despite stereotypes of some AANHPI people being a ‘model minority’ and not facing disadvantages, many in this community face several barriers that could reduce their access to health insurance,” Haley said in a Robert Wood Johnson news release.
Other findings include that 15% of Asian American adults live in a household in which all members ages 14 and older report limited English proficiency.
Rates of limited English proficiency vary among different AANHPI subgroups. For example, those rates are about 12% for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander adults, yet much higher, at 40%, for Chinese, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Nepalese and Burmese adults.
Those who have limited English proficiency are more likely not to be
“As health care systems identify and work to address systemic drivers of racial inequity, it’s clear that resources must be culturally appropriate and linguistically responsive to improve access to coverage and care for individuals with limited English proficiency,” said
“State and federal officials must develop and target culturally and linguistically responsive resources to ensure that more people, including those with [limited English proficiency] have the opportunity to improve their health and the health of their communities,” Hijjawi said in the release.
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