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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2015                Contact: Wes Lum, (206) 624-1221

 NAPCA Receives $150,000 Federal Grant to Help AAPI Medicare Beneficiaries

 The Administration for Community Living awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) $150,000 to provide technical assistance to Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) grantees to help them better reach and serve limited English proficient (LEP) Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Medicare beneficiaries.

 “The Asian American and Pacific Islander populations are the fastest growing segments in the U.S., and this opportunity will empower AAPI older adults to understand the complexity of the Medicare system”, said Dr. Wes Lum, NAPCA President and CEO.

 NAPCA will be partnering with two outstanding organizations – the Pacific Gateway Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) based in Washington, DC – who will assist with outreach and in the development of linguistically appropriate materials.

 “SEARAC is honored to support this partnership,” said Ms. Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of SEARAC. “Our goal is to serve the needs of Southeast Asian American elders who face extreme linguistic isolation and cultural barriers to accessing mainstream aging service organizations.”

 “We look forward to working with NAPCA on this much needed project,” said Dr. Tin Myaing Thein, Pacific Gateway Center Executive Director.

The objective of this grant is to increase the number of LEP AAPI Medicare beneficiaries who are aware of and utilize their Medicare benefits and who can identify and prevent Medicare fraud, error and abuse.  NAPCA will build an AAPI Medicare Resource Center that will host resources, training and a toolkit, to assist SMP and SHIP grantees to better serve and reach LEP AAPI Medicare beneficiaries.




NAPCA’s mission is to preserve and promote the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islanders as they age.