VOLUME 28 NO. 7 | FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2009


Health insurance for children of legal immigrants now easier to obtain

Last updated 2-5-09 at 2:16 p.m.

On Jan. 14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which allows children of legal immigrants to have access to health insurance. Rep. Mike Honda, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), along with the leaders of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses, pushed to include a provision in the bill that will allow states to waive the five-year waiting period for Medicaid and SCHIP on children and pregnant women who are legally residing in the United States.

“Legal immigrants pay taxes like everyone else [and] send their sons and daughters to serve in our armed forces. It seems like the least we can do is to provide basic health insurance to children and pregnant women. This is also a smart policy since many of early child illnesses are preventable,” Honda said.

Honda knows how important this bill is because his constituents in Santa Clara would greatly benefit from letting children of legal immigrants have health insurance. Santa Clara County was the first in the country to ensure that every child with parents who are at or below the poverty level will have access to health care. The county’s Children Health Initiative also raised its own money to add to state and federal funding to help continue their investment of having healthy children. Last year, the country set an example for the other 17 counties by enrolling more than 144,000 children.

“The passage of this bill protects the health of millions of children. It is the first step in a long journey toward repairing our health care system and providing universal coverage, care, and access to the people of our nation,” Honda said. (end)

For further information, please call (202) 225-2631 or visit www.honda.house.gov/capac.


JAVA scholarship wants qualified high school applicants

Last updated 2-5-09 at 2:18 p.m.

In honor of Major Orville Shirey, Jack Tashior, Douglas Ishio, and Gene Takahashi, the Japanese American Verterans Association (JAVA) is holding their second annual memorial scholarship that will provide three $1,000 scholarships.
Entering college students that qualify for one of the three $1,000 awards will have until April 22 to submit their entries. The names of the 2009 scholarship recipients will be announced on May 16.

In announcing the 2009 program, the scholarship program chair Calvin Ninomiya discussed the changes that the JAVA’s executive council has made, which are based on the experiences learned in administering the inaugural program.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be entering into an accredited college or university in the fall of 2009. They will also have to come from a lineal descendent that has served in the U.S. military, such as a person who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, including the 100th Battalion, and all other units that were associated with them.

In addition, applicants must write an essay of no more than 500 words addressing this topic: “What the Winning of a 2009 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Will Mean to Me.”

JAVA will try to notify the schools the recipients attend so appropriate announcements may be included in their commencement programs.

JAVA hopes that its scholarship awards, particularly with the current state of the economy, will provide a boost to at least three 2009 high school graduates who receive the grant. (end)

For further information, please contact Calvin Ninomiya at calvinnino@aol.com or visit www.javadc.org.


LA woman accused of stealing from Pacquiao

Last updated 2-5-09 at 2:20 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman accused of stealing more than $89,000 from Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has been charged with grand theft and forgery.

Pia Anatalia Quijada, 27, was arraigned on Jan. 28 and is being held on $90,000 bail, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Investigators say Quijada forged 32 checks over the past year and pocketed the money.

A public defender entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

Pacquiao, who earned at least $11 million for beating Oscar De La Hoya last December, knew Quijada because she was married to the boxer’s driver. Pacquiao asked her for help with the U.S. banking system, the statement said. (end)

 

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