We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, believe that access and coverage to care should be based not only on the principle of affordable, universal health care coverage for all Americans, but also address cultural and linguistic barriers to care
We urge that state regulations governing health insurance marketplaces include ethnic minority physicians and health professionals as “essential community providers” (ECP)
in order to offer a diversity of options that meet the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander and other underserved communities.
We believe that low-income, medically indigent Asian American and Pacific Islander patients must have patient centered medical homes that are culturally and linguistically appropriate
. We urge that health system reform include payment and resources to support physicians in underserved communities, particularly those in solo or small group practices, so that they can provide health care that is culturally and linguistically attuned to their community's needs.