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Health Coverage and Access to Care Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum examines the health coverage, access to health care, and health status of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups in the United States, and finds that certain subgroups are doing much worse than others in terms of health insurance coverage and access to health care. For example, Korean Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are about twice as likely to be uninsured as whites.

The analysis reveals substantial differences in the health care experiences of about a dozen subgroups of the nation’s estimated 13 million Asian Americans and more than half million Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The analysis uses data from the 2004, 2005 and 2006 National Health Interview Survey and Current Population Survey.

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