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 Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM) in partnership with the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is working on reducing the health disparities of the Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants, mainly in the local level we focus on the Lao community. Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota’s healthcare campaign team works hard on  advocate for the access to the public health care assistances for the low income, retired elders, disable, and those that temporary unemployed.

In 2011, our advocacy team has been working on educating the Lao community in all around the twin cities area on access to the public health care assistance, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Minnesota Health Care Program, and other  low premium medical care programs.  Our goal is to ensure that the Lao community members understand their rights on access to health care and what process would it take for them to get a health care assistance. Most importantly, we have been identifying the issues and barriers that preventing the Lao refugees and immigrants from enrolling in public health care program and paying low or affordable monthly premium.

In this coming year, the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota will continue advocate for the access to the public and low monthly premium health care for the Southeast Asian and the Lao communities. In the state and national level, our main focus will be advocate for the “Affordable Care Act”

Affordable Care Act is a part of the health care reform campaign that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The protection of Affordable Care Act will expand access, increase consumer protections and improve health care quality with early 18.6% of Southeast Asian Americans uninsured, 31% with some form of public health coverage and 53.9% with private health insurance. The ACA will dramatically improve delivery of health care for all level of coverage [1] .




[1] Understanding the Affordable Care Act: Health Insurance Exchange. SEARAC 2011 

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