Since 1986, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Yap, Pohnpei) entered a Compact of Free Association COFA Community Meetingwith the United States. This Compact allows COFA citizens to freely enter, lawfully reside, and work in the U.S. in exchange for providing the U.S. exclusive military control of the region.

When the Compacts were originally signed, COFA migrants were eligible for Medicaid and other safety net programs. However, COFA migrants were excluded from federal programs such as Medicaid due to the Welfare Reform Act in 1996.

Currently, COFA migrants have limited access to healthcare benefits in the U.S., which perpetuates health inequities. Join CAPAA for a meeting with the COFA community in Spokane to hear about their experiences and discuss legislative efforts in Oregon and Washington.

Meeting Details:

Saturday, October 22, 2016
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
3511 E Queen Ave, Spokane, WA 99217
Light refreshments will be provided.