Ap eye on the hill

AP(Eye) on the Hill is our biweekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that affect AAPI communities regarding reproductive health and rights, immigrant rights, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF's federal policy work while you're out on the ground!

Policy Recap

  • House of Representatives passes historic bill for equal pay
  • Federal judge strikes down Medicaid work requirements in two states
  • Trump administration declares support for complete elimination of Affordable Care Act

House of Representatives passes historic bill for equal pay

 

On Wednesday, The House of Representatives passed, in a 242-187 vote, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which addresses the gender wage gap by ensuring protections against retaliation for salary negotiations, prohibits employers from screening based on salary history, and provides remedies and removes obstacles for plaintiffs when filing sex-based wage discrimination claims. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and would help close the gender wage gap faced by many AAPI women. Though the bill has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), it has not progressed.

Federal judge strikes down Medicaid work requirements in two states

a group of people hold signs that read NO CUTS NO CAPS TO MEDICAID! in front of the United States Capitol

Image source: League of Women Voters

Over a year ago, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance allowing Medicaid state directors to impose work requirements on Medicaid eligibility. Though Kentucky and Arkansas tried to impose these work requirements, on Wednesday a federal judge ruled against them, protecting thousands of Medicaid recipients from losing coverage or jumping over excessive hurdles to receive care. Imposing work requirements seeks to limit enrollment in the program for some of the most marginalized Americans, would disproportionately harm women, people of color, and people with disabilities.

  • Read our fact sheets on why Medicaid is a reproductive justice issue and on Medicaid demonstration waivers (co-authored by the National Health Law Program, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Just Agenda, and All*Above All)

  • Read more about how Medicaid work requirements perpetuates racial stereotypes

  • Learn more about how this policy harms women and women's health

Trump administration declares support for complete elimination of Affordable Care Act

a sign that says HANDS OFF OUR HEALTHCARE is held in a crowd in front of the White House

Image source: CNBC

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice publicly endorsed a court ruling that declares the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. While previously the administration had undermined carious parts of the ACA and sought to dismantle it piecemeal, this endorsement supports the elimination of the ACA in its entirety. If the ruling stands, millions of Americans would lose their healthcare. Under the ACA, an estimated 2.5 million AAPI women gained coverage for preventive services such as HPV testing, prenatal care, and breastfeeding support. Between 2010 and 2015, in which the ACA went into effect, the uninsured rate for AAPIs fell by seven percentage points.

  • Read this fact sheet by NAPAWF, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, and the National Partnership for Women and Families about how attempts to gut the ACA are attacks on reproductive justice for women of color

  • Track all of the attacks on the ACA in the last two years

Ap Eye on the courts

Nielsen v. Preap

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that immigrants who are deportable for certain offenses are subject to mandatory detention without opportunity for a bond hearing in situations where the government did not arrest them as soon as they were released from jail. The case has enormous implications for Southeast Asian Americans: due to immigration laws passed in 1996 that vastly expanded the definition of deportable crimes and crimes that require mandatory detention and deportation, 13,000 Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese immigrants (including lawful permanent residents) have been issued final removal orders, and a large number of Southeast Asian Americans have been detained by ICE due to criminal convictions from years ago.

Other Legal News

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