CHI’s First Health Care Rights And Immigration Forum For The Chinese Community

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Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) hosted its first Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community at Millbrae Library on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. There was a huge turnout, with more than 80 individuals attending in-person, along with over 250+ views from our Facebook live recording of the presentation. Of the attendees, we had 27 representatives, from 13 local community agencies, tabling at the Resource Fair. CHI was also recognized by Board of Supervisor David Canepa and by Chief of Staff from Supervisor Dave Pine’s office for our work in hosting the forum for the Chinese Community.

The attorneys from Legal Aid of San Mateo County and from the Law Office of Jean Chen did an excellent job presenting on the complex topics of health care coverages that immigrants are eligible for, what public benefits are considered as public charge, Estate Recovery for Medi-Cal programs, and potential changes in the law related to family-sponsored immigration and employment-based immigration and its impacts on immigrants and their family.

Some audience members reported being grateful for the opportunity to ask immigration-related questions that were always on their mind but were too afraid to be asked because of fears of what might happen to them. Others were happy to discuss more about what affordable health insurance they were eligible for.

The Forum was coordinated and carried out by various CHI members, whom represent various departments within BHRS. The event also was made possible through a wide variety of volunteers including members from NAMI and from the Filipino Mental Health Initiative. 

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Written by Winnie Chan Wu, member of Chinese Health Initiative