Being healthy should not depend on immigration status. Immigrant women need the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act to access crucial and comprehensive health care that is central to their agency and their lives, their families, and their communities.

Immigrant women currently rely on a patchwork of health care due to the five year bar on accessing Medicaid, and undocumented folks are barred from buying insurance from the ACA marketplace. The HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act removes the five-year bar so that immigrants can access affordable, crucial care. All immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, deserve to have the dignity and peace of mind that good health brings.

2.3 Million AAPI women are uninsured.

Led by our members, NAPAWF is championing the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act, which would allow all immigrdants, regardless of immigration status, access to Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA marketplace plans. This bold, intersectional legislation will allow AAPI immigrants to access crucial and comprehensive health care that is central to our agency and our lives. Everyone deserves the dignity and peace of mind that good health brings.

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NAPAWF Seattle Chapter holds an educational event on the HEAL Act.

NAPAWF Seattle Chapter holds an educational event on the HEAL Act.


By Ambika Kafle

“Born and raised in a refugee camp in Nepal, I witnessed women in my family struggle to take care of their basic health needs. My sister went through her teenage years without access to sanitary pads and both of us lacked the language to talk about reproductive health because our mom was hesitant to mention it.“ Read more in Anchorage Daily News

Media Coverage

  • October 21, 2019, Rewire.News, “This Legislation Could Help Immigrants Access Health Insurance”

  • October 20, 2019, Albuquerque Journal, “Bill would ease immigrants’ access to health care“

  • October 17, 2019, Colorlines, “Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Deb Haaland Introduce Bill to Give Immigrants Access to Health Care“

Social Media Toolkit

On Tuesday, October 15th, the HEAL Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Pramila Jayapal and Deb Haaland. NAPAWF led a Twitter Storm that day to ensure AAPI women and girls were seen and heard in the narrative around this intersectional, forward thinking bill.

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Partner Organizations

Organizational Cosponsor Letter

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
National Health Law Program, NHELP
Center for Reproductive Rights
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Council of Jewish Women. Making Change Happen Since 1893
Physicians for Reproductive Health

Advocates for Youth

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Center for Reproductive Rights

Forward Together

Guttmacher Institute

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

National Council of Jewish Women

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

National Health Law Program

National Immigration Law Center

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Physicians for Reproductive Health

Union for Reform Judaism

Young Women United

Planned Parenthood Federation of America


African Services Committee

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS United

American Public Health Association

Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Athlete Ally

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Casa San Jose

Center for Disability Rights

"Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY"

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Coalition on Human Needs


Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

Colorado Organizations and Individuals Responding to HIV/AIDS (CORA)

Daily Kos

DC-MD Justice For Our Neighbors

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

End Rape on Campus

Equality California

Equality North Carolina

Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)

Families USA

First Focus Campaign for Children

Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition

Healthy Teen Network

Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Health Network

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda


Irish International Immigrant Center

Justice in Aging


Lanai Community Health Center

Latino Commission on AIDS

Legal Voice

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Avocacy Coalition

Medical Students for Choice



NARAL Pro-Choice America


National Abortion Federation

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Council on Independent Living

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

National Education Association

National Human Services Assembly

National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH)

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Survivor Network

National Women's Law Center

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

New York Immigration Coalition

Northwest Health Law Advocates

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Oklahoma Micronesian Coalition

People For the American Way

PFLAG National

Positive Women's Network USA

Power to Decide

Prevention Institute

Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Reconstructing Judaism

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice


Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Silver State Equality-Nevada

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Children's Partnership

The National Equality Action Team

Thrive Alabama

Treatment Action Group (TAG)

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus

United We Dream

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Welcome Project Inc

"Welcome Project Inc.,"

Women of Reform Judaism

Women's Foundation of California

Young Invincibles