Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $255,000 Navigator grant to PASSi to assist English-limited Asian Americans navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. PASSi was one of six awardees selected from the entire state of Pennsylvania.
The Affordable Care Act provides increased access to affordable health insurance plans for the uninsured through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many Asian Americans with limited-English proficiency struggle with the selection and enrollment processes because almost all resources are only available in English.
According to the 2010 Census, the Philadelphia region has 106,720 Asian Americans, 47% of whom have limited English proficiency. There is an urgent need for culturally and linguistically appropriate information and service delivery. Currently, 21% of Asian Americans in Philadelphia are uninsured, creating various health disparities from a lack of primary and preventative healthcare.
PASSi will utilize six bilingual Navigators to assist individuals and families of the Korean, Cambodian, Chinese, South Asian, Vietnamese, and Bhutanese communities in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties. PASSi’s Navigators will translate, distribute, and publish language-appropriate and culturally relevant information on health insurance selection and coverage from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in several Asian languages. Navigators will provide community education, as well as individualized assistance in understanding the available health insurance options, determining eligibility, and assisting with enrollment.
The project includes partnerships with the Greater Philadelphia Overseas Chinese Association, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, and The Bhutanese American Organization-Philadelphia. As a result of the Navigator project, PASSi will create a healthier and happier community by decreasing the number of uninsured Asian Americans in the Philadelphia region.
Established in 2005, PASSi is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides home health care, adult day care, educational, and social support services to Asian Americans in Southeastern, Pennsylvania. With a mission to promote the wellbeing of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers, PASSi served 502 homecare clients in 10 Asian languages in 2013 and trained 552 health aides and 255 certified nurse aides since 2006.