Many Filipinos still uninsured after launch of Obamacare

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Arielle Duave and her daughter are among an estimated 54 million Americans who are still insured despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to get coverage for all Americans, since his so-called biggest achievement was passed in 2010 – the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s too hard because I’m a single mom and I have a seven-year-old daughter. It’s too expensive,” says Arielle Duave.

Lower-income families like Duave’s were provided expanded Medicaid and subsidized private insurance. But Duave says the system needs to improve.

“We tried to get Medicare and Medicaid but it took so long and there were so many steps to become eligible,” said Duave. “You really, really have to find someone who accepts Medicaid. How do I get by? I never take my daughter to the doctor anymore.”

Community leaders here said there are about 40,000 Nevadans without health insurance.

“The reason why they don’t have insurance is because they don’t have the money to pay for the premiums,” says Rozita Lee, one of the Filipino community leaders in the area. “This is what we found throughout the years. That’s why coming up in November, November 15th, when we have open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, in fact, if they don’t enroll for insurance they will get a fine.”

Lee admitted the system needs to be improved, especially in educating people on how key parts of Obamacare can help low and middle income people afford coverage.

“There are all kinds of things that are going out right now,” says Lee. “I’ve been seeing on the e-mail, they’re giving out false information. Some people want Obamacare to stop. It’s not fair to the people who are being helped because they are getting helped. For the first time, they get some kind of health insurance; for the first time they can go to the doctor and not worry about big, big bills. There might be a small co-pay but very small.”

Community leaders also said it’s been a challenge reaching out to immigrants, to people who live in remote rural areas, and those who don’t have internet access.

But the Congressional Budget office is hopeful that more and more people will understand how Obamacare can help them and projects more people will get coverage by the end of 2014.

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  • Delia
    16 September 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

    You reap what you sow.Everybody was warn and no one listen and voted for Odumbo anyway.

    Remember this big Lie he promised? You can keep you family doctor period.

    It won’t cost you one dime. Premiums will be lowered by $2500..instead it will raise to $5000. If you like it, you can keep your current health care plan period.

    Obama was elected because he PROMISED Americans that he will:
    1 Cut the deficit by half. As we speak, it is MORE than double
    2 He promised to bring Americans together. As we speak Americans have NEVER been as divided as they are today Politically Ethnically Economically Religiously Racially & Educationally
    3 He promised MORE Jobs. After SIX years LESS jobs
    4 He promised BETTER relations with Allies & Foes. NEVER has America been so hated, despised and found wanting geo politically
    5 No leader in the world today TRUSTS or Respects Obama. He has ALIENATED America’s friends and ENCOURAGED her Enemies