Asian Americans, immigrants share health care inequality experiences in Glendale


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Immigrants and community members were invited by National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum to share their stories about the health care system on Saturday in front of Arizona and national leaders.

Congressman Greg Stanton, representing Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, and state representative from District 30 Raquel Teran, as well as local leaders and advocates, listened to people discuss their medical care experiences in the U.S. at the Japanese American Citizens League Hall in Glendale.

Teran expressed the need to both protect the Affordable Care Act, which she said is “under attack every day” and to fight for more comprehensive health care coverage for Americans.

Zeenat Hasan, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community in Action, told the group how her father is currently suffering from organ failure from untreated diabetes; he did not have health insurance nor access to health care for much of his life. Hasan said her father’s condition “doesn’t have to be the trajectory for everybody.”

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