"When there are barriers to good health care it hurts us all, not only minorities. I introduced this bill to move our nation towards more effective ways to reduce health inequity."
Senator Akaka also said:
"My bill, the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012, includes proposals to remove significant barriers to health care coverage and access and maximize the positive impact of federal investments in health care in minority communities. For example, it would re-establish Medicaid eligibility for citizens of the Compact of Free Association nations living in the United States. This would greatly ease the financial burden on states like Hawaii and Arkansas, which have been forced to absorb the costs of providing health and social services, education, and public safety for Compact migrants in accordance with unfunded federal mandates since 1996."
Click here for full text of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012 (S. 2474).
(See sec. 415 on "Medicaid Eligibility for Citizens of Freely Associated States.")