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10:00pm June 28, 2012

SCOTUS: 5 Things the Obamacare Ruling Does for Blacks and Latinos

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Blacks, Latinos and other folks of color make up more than half of the nation’s uninsured population. And many have framed the fight for affordable care as being a battle for racial equality precisely because African Americans and Latinos have historically had limited access to quality care due to institutional barriers. Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act will have a substantial effect on Latinos and Blacks. Let’s take a look at what Obamacare does for these Americans:

1. More Blacks and Latinos will gain health coverage: A recent study shows that the Affordable Care Act could cut the eight-percentage-point Black-White differential in uninsured rates in half. The nineteen-percentage-point Hispanic-White differential in uninsured rates could be reduced by slightly less than a quarter. The extent that Black and Latino communities will have a lower rate of uninsured members will largely depend on how people are being informed about enrollment in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the soon to be created health insurance exchanges. In the Latino community, addressing language barriers will be key.

2. More Black and Latino Doctors and Nurses: Minority primary care providers are desperately needed in Black and Latino communities. The young people in these communities are often deterred from pursuing medical careers because of the high cost of higher education. The Affordable Care Act provides resources to increase the number of Black and Latino medical professionals working in the field; they will be needed more than ever as more community members gain access to care.

3. Improved Health for the Ladies: All women will have access to prescription birth control without co-pays. Also, women will have access to preventative health screening with the Affordable Care Act.  Currently, breast cancer claims the lives of up to five African American women per day, and in the Latina community, breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and tends to be diagnosed later. With expanded access to preventative screenings, these kinds of illnesses will be caught and treated earlier.

4. Coverage for Black and Latino Young Adults is Protected: Because parents can now keep their children up to age 26 on their health insurance plans, more young people in Black and Latino communities will be covered. This is especially important in the current economic climate where young people are having a difficult time in the job market.

The Congressional Black Caucus indicated that 410,000 African American young adults gained coverage that they would not normally have due to the Affordable Care Act. Charles Gonzalez, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said that nearly 750,000 young Latinos have been able to get coverage through their parents’ health plans.

5. More Health Centers in Black and Latino Communities: In 2010, almost 26 percent of the patients served by community health centers were Black. And in 2009, about 35 percent of the patients served by community health centers were Latino. The Affordable Care Act boosts funding for community health centers in medically underserved communities, so there will be more renovations and construction of these centers throughout the country.

 



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Adriana Maestas
Adriana Maestas is the senior contributing editor of Politic365.com.




 
 

 
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11 Comments


  1. … AMERICANS ARE GULLIBLE, STUPID AND NAIVE!.. TODAYS DECISION IS BAD FOR AMERICANS/LATINOS; BUT VERY GOOD FOR CROOKED/CRIMINALS OF THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY-OBAMA. AMERICANS ARE BEEN DEFRAUDED BY HOSPITALS/DOCTORS ETC. WITH THE HELP OF OUR CRIMINAL U.S. GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PAY FOR MADICARE/CAID… WE THE PEOPLE DO… BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S OF BOSTON A "PARTNERS SYSTEM" CHARGE FOR OUTPATIENT OB/GYN VISIT: LAB, AMBULARATORY CLINIC, BUTCHER ROOM 35 MINUTES… $4,875.00 MEDICARE PAID $4,400.00 BALANCE $475.00 TO THE PATIENT!.. IT'S CRAZY A RIP-OFF CRIMINAL MEDICARE/CAID PAID WITH HARDWORKING PEOPLES MONEY, THEY DO AS ANY QUESTION! THE HEALTH CARE SYS IS CORRUPTED/CRIMINAL AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK IS GOOD! THEY ARE VERY STUPID.


    • GETALIFE

      Um…Medicare was and is and has been around BEFORE OBAMACARE so….you are mad at something that existed before this law and this ruling? You seem to be misinformed, uninformed, bitter or all of the above! Go have a seat!


      • seriously

        Yes.. medicare has been around for a long time. I’ve paid into the system since i was 14 years old. I worked hard went with out at times but continued to work hard, now if the rest of america would work hard and pay into the system we would not have to be in this mess. If the goverment would like to give me back what i paid in plus the interest it would have accrued i would gladly take it. I have never received a darn thing. I think u will find most that work and try to do what is right is against this travesty Obamacare.


    • OMG

      Americans ignorance is embarrassing. I only hope that everyone would consider doing their research before speaking and learn the facts. Other countries have universal healthcare. Why can it not work for "intelligent" Americans. OMG…doctors are corrupt???? What about politicians, lawyers, business owners, insurance companies, pastors, etc?


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  4. Sunshine

    No one, but no one, suggests that the ACA/"Obamacare" is the best we can do, but I can assure you that there are millions who benefit from it now, and as more of the provisions are implemented in the next two years more will benefit in more and more ways.


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    • Roger Toms

      In Asbury Park, NJ., welfare recipients have the following paid for them by the federal system.
      1) rent = 1875.00 (paid by section 8 welfare)
      2) Electric = 125.00 (paid by section 8 welfare)
      3) Gas/heat = 150.00 (paid for by section 8 welfare)
      4) Food = 450-850 per month (paid by welfare)
      5) Healthcare = up to 1200.00 per month (paid for by federal gov)
      6) Cell phone = 50.00 value (paid for by Fed)
      7) Free automobile and insurance (only in Florida but other states on board) 400.00 monthly.
      This is the short list – I am sure there are more benefits.
      Since our taxes fund THE FED, why do I have to keep paying more and more every year for freeloaders and families of 10 that have no father and no intention of EVER working. Why are minorities ALLOWED to reproduce at astonishing rates, so much so that now there are more minority children in the USA under the age of 5 than there are white children?
      What in Gods name has happened to white men? Where is the backbone of these people. Why do white people penalize their own children so as to continually provide more and more to minority families?
      Is the entire country that drunk or loaded up on meds?
      What the hell happened to men with guts and pride and a BACKBONE?



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