Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment to be held at Chicago and suburban locations, Deadline Dec. 23
With less than two weeks left for the initial Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment deadline, the Asian Health Coalition and its partners are moving fast to help the uninsured get the answers they want and the insurance they need. A series of education forums and enrollment opportunities are being hosted both in Chicago and suburban locations as the Dec. 23 deadline rapidly approaches.
“We’re working with communities that have experienced some frustration and confusion with the recent web portal delays but now these issues have been resolved. Our navigators are making themselves available, like they always have, as a resource where the community can get those answers. Improving access to quality health care is what we are all about.” said Ranjana Paintal, program manager at the Asian Health Coalition.
Attend one of the following information and enrollment sessions:
Chicago location: Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services, 1542 W. Devon Ave. on Dec. 18 and 19 from 9:00a.m to 3:00pm.
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Ave., Elgin, IL on Dec. 14 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Lao American Organization of Elgin Office, 164 Division Street, Suite 503, Elgin, IL on Dec. 10 and 16 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Lao Evangelical Free Church, 5881 35th Street, Rockford, IL on Dec. 15 from 2:00pm-8:00pm
Additional one-on-one assistance is also available by contacting one of the following agencies for an appointment with a navigator
Asian Health Coalition - Lynette - (312) 372-7070 x225
Hamdard Center for Health & Human Services - Asja - (773) 465-4600
Lao American Organization of Elgin - Sirivone - (847) 695-8443
OR go to www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov OR call the toll-free helpline (866) 311-1119
Organizations interested in holding an information session around the ACA and how to enroll for health insurance can contact Lynette Wightman at (312) 372-7070 x225.
Asian Health Coalition: The Asian Health Coalition is a 501c(3) non-profit established in 1996, with a mission to improve the health and wellness of the Asian American community through advocacy, technical assistance, public and community-based education and research. To learn more, visit www.asianhealth.org.
A holiday outreach reception of The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan "Songs of the Wanderers" was held at the Joffrey Tower Dec. 3. Among those posing are Lin Hwai-Min, founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Tony Hu, chef/owner of Tony Gourmet Group, Reporter Judy Hsu of ABC7 and Anchor Judy Wang of CLTV News, and ENERI Communications Director Irene Cualoping. (PINOY Photo by Anong Santos)
Gawad Kalinga USA accepting donations for typhoon victims
Above photo: A $1000 check (Held by Hermie de Guia Jr, GK area coordinator) was donated to Gawad Kalinga (GK) by VDance group through their president Fely Echavez Nov, 9 during the 7th year anniversary dinner dance in Northbrook Hilton.
An additional $300 cash was given by some attendees including Dr. & Dr. Manny Escalona (above photo). The amount will feed 260 families in the areas devastated by super storm Haiyan (Yolanda) that devastated Central Philippines Nov.8. An estimated 15,000 people died in this latest disaster. (PINOY Photo by Anong Santos)
Gawad Kalinga USA, is accepting donations to pay for 600,000 food packs that Gawad Kalinga Philippines will distribute in hard-hit areas. The packs -- which include rice, bottled water and canned goods -- can feed families for three or four days for as little as $5. Please click on the following link to donate:
Fil-Ams to perform at Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light, Dec. 7 & 9
The Philippines will be featured at The Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Three performances will be on : Sat. Nov. 23 from 12:45 to 1:30PM; Sun. Dec. 7 from 2:00 to 2:45PM; and Sun. Dec. 8 from 10:45 to 11:30AM.
The Filipino American Dance Arts of Chicago, the Sampaguita Choral Group and the Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble (CARE) will be performing on Dec. 7. The Transfiguration Dance Troupe and the Hinsdale Fil-Am Seventh Day Adventist Rondalla will be performing on Dec. 8.Visit the MSI website at http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/ for more information.
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Super Typhoon Yolanda by the Numbers
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
Above photo: A first for Peace Ark, a Chinese Navy hospital ship, leaves a base in Zhoushan in Shanghai, for a relief mission to the Philippines. It is the first Chinese Navy ship to enter Philippine waters with Manila's "consent" since the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea between the two countries ensued. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)
More than three weeks after the most powerful typhoon ever recorded to hit our homeland, PNoy administration, the international communities and various humanitarian agencies face a difficult task getting aid to those who need it most. They also began assessing the cost of reconstruction.
Most of what is known about the disaster so far has come from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which has been compiling information received from the Philippine government and various, credible humanitarian aid groups. Given the heavy damage inflicted on 44 provinces in the archipelago nation, it is not surprising that conflicting reports and erroneous information have occasionally found their way into the reporting chain.
Here are the facts about the storm, as reported by OCHA and the Philippines'
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
FACTS ABOUT THE STORM
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, was historic in its scope, with experts including NASA concluding it may be the most powerful tropical cyclone to ever make landfall.
370 miles: That was the width of Typhoon Haiyan as it surged through the Philippines with sustained winds of 195 mph, and gusts reaching 235 mph.
6: The number of times Haiyan made landfall on Nov. 8. According to the Philippine government, the typhoon made its first landfall over Guiuan in Eastern Samar before moving over Tolosa, Leyte at 7 a.m. local time and Daanbantayan, Cebu at 9:40 a.m. Haiyan then made its fourth landfall over Bantayan Island, Cebu and later made its last at Concepcion, Iloilo and Busuanga (Coron), Palawan.
17 feet: Height of the storm surge in Tacloban, the biggest city in the hardest-hit central Philippines, where some of the worst flooding was recorded.
27 inches: That was the most rainfall recorded by NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), on the southeast corner of the island of Leyte, during the storm's passage.
THE HUMAN IMPACT
$5.8 Billion—the estimated cost of the disaster given by Philippine Socio-Economic Planning Sec. Arsenio Balisacan.
4.3 Million people displaced with 371,000 people currently living in 1,086 evacuation centers. The NDRRMC's casualty report said 10,004,125 people in 44 provinces, 56 cities and 539 municipalities were affected by the storm. Of those affected, 4.9 million are children; 1.5 million are children under the age of five who are at risk of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM), a measurement of nutritional status used to assess the severity of a humanitarian crisis.
2.5 million people are in need of food assistance, according to U.N. estimates.
360,000: The number of pregnant and lactating women who need specialized services for prenatal, postnatal, child health, health promotion and family planning services. (Read more Super Typhoon Yolanda by the numbers)
Day After Haiyan Deadly Visit
Illustration by Dani Aguila, PINOY
By Juan L. Mercado
Inquirer News Service
The lady wept. "It is not about us. We'll be out of here in two or three decades." But lack of an agreement on climate change was "condemning future generations before they're even born. 'If it were inevitable, then so be it,' she added. But we have a choice, to change the future we are going to give our children."
Meet Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica. She's executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. BBC interviewed her on the turtle-paced negotiations, stitched together in Durban in 2011. The target is a new treaty that must be signed by 2015. It will come into force in 2020.
Filipino delegate Naderev Saño wept at the Durban meeting. Climate gone out of whack lashed the Philippines. Temperatures were rising, and so were sea levels. Once typhoon-free areas were hit by serial storms. Come to an agreement—for our kids, he pleaded.
We'll know what havoc Supertyphoon "Yolanda" inflicted the day after. That will underscore the toll that global climate change is inflicting. Read the World Bank report, "Getting a Grip on Climate Change in the Philippines."
This country is the third most vulnerable in the world to extreme weather events, be they heat waves or earthquakes (like the one that savaged Bohol and Cebu in October). Typhoons lash the country's northern and eastern parts yearly. But in the last three years, storms slammed Mindanao, which used to get typhoons every 17 years or so. Now floods rampage through Central Luzon and southern Mindanao.
These cut into cultivatable land, erode productivity, and ratchet insecurity, the World Bank said. In a 4°C warmer world, coral bleaching and reef degradation will accelerate in the next 10-20 years, severely damaging fisheries and tourism. That's within our children's lifetime.
Rising sea levels are altering topography, University of the Philippines Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz warned. The Philippines can lose 90,000 to 140,000 hectares of land if sea levels rise by one meter, as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (Read more Day After Haiyan Visit)
By Rhodora Derpo
Immigrant Rights Advocate
Last month, Typhoon Haiyan (or, Yolanda as it is known to Filipinos) slammed into the Philippines. The response from people all over the world has been positive and compassionate as news of the incredibly destructive force of Typhoon Haiyan became known.
Upon request, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can make certain procedural and processing accommodations to help those applying for any form of relief due to natural disasters. On November 15, 2013, USCIS issued a news alert to inform the general public that immigration relief measures are available for Filipino nationals impacted by the typhoon.
This article will focus on the several different types of humanitarian programs available to individuals in the U.S. and abroad who are in need of shelter or aid from disasters.
Additionally, this article will identify the types of visas that offer humanitarian relief to individuals who are victims of crimes, are fleeing persecution or individuals experiencing other types of humanitarian crises.
Fil-Am Leaders Call for 'Temporary Protected Status'
By Jon Melegrito
Letter from Washington
Above Photo: U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), (2nd fr. R) and Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisa, Jr. (3rd fr. R) met with Filipino American community leaders on Nov. 18 to discuss typhoon relief to the Philippines. At this meeting held in Bowie, Maryland, Cardin affirmed that he is working with congressional leaders to seek TPS for Filipinos in the U.S. Also in photo are, from L, Philippine Embassy Consular Officer Ariel Penaranda, Jeremy Konyndyk of USAID and Maryland Del. Kris Valderrama. (Photo by Jon Melegrito)
Filipino American community leaders across the country are calling on the Obama administration to grant "temporary protected status" (TPS) to the more than 270,000 undocumented Filipino immigrants currently residing in the U.S. In light of the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda, there has been growing pressure on the U.S. administration, notably the Department of Homeland Security, to act on this request immediately. (Read more Fil-Am Leaders Call for 'Temporary Protected Status')