Sign-On to Support COFA Act Medicaid Restoration

My name is Sheldon Riklon and I’m a Marshallese doctor that serves my community in Arkansas. On behalf of Micronesian, Marshallese and Palauan community leaders from across the country, and in partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), I’m excited to engage with you on a historic bill to expand health care access.
In 1996, citizens from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesian, and the Republic of Palau, who live and work in the United States under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA), were mistakenly stripped of Medicaid coverage through the welfare reform act.  Medicaid access for COFA communities is critically important, because U.S. military presence in COFA nations has had adverse effects on our communities’ health, resulting in high rates of cancer, diabetes, and other health complications.
Earlier this fall, the House introduced bipartisan legislation that would restore access to Medicaid for COFA citizens, building on a Senate bill introduced earlier this year. We need to act on this momentum.
Please join me in signing-on your organization’s name to this letter and let Congress know that you support the COFA Act and COFA citizens’ access to health care.
Deadline to sign-on is Thursday, November 14th 5pm PST. 
Thank you for advocating for our communities, and for continuing to fight for health care access for all.
In community,
Dr. Sheldon Riklon

Bipartisan Bill will Restore Medicaid Coverage for COFA Citizens

We are grateful to finally see a Bi-Partisan Bill that will Restore Medicaid Coverage for COFA Individuals and Families in the United States.  Please contact your US Congress and urge them to stand behind this unique human rights bill that would bring justice to our fellow citizens from the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.  These are your neighbors, co-workers, students, classmates, friends and families that are legally living in the United States under the unique Compact of Free Association and contribute greatly to the economy and the free world.  We urge your support!

Press Release from COFA Champions US Rep. Cárdenas, Radewagen, Gabbard, Womack, Case, Sablan Introducing the Covering Our FAS Act Allies