Affordable Care Act credited with lowering uninsured rate among Latinos

Affordable Care Act credited with lowering uninsured rate among Latinos

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The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is being credited with lowering the uninsured rate in the Latino community according to a report released from the Commonwealth Fund.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times this week:

“Overall, the percentage of Latinos ages 19 to 64 lacking health coverage fell from 36% to 23% between summer 2013 and spring 2014.

That parallels a broader increase in coverage that has taken place since insurance marketplaces opened last fall and states began expanding Medicaid under the healthcare law.

The overall uninsured rate for U.S. adults under 65 plummeted from 20% to 15% in the same period, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit group that studies U.S. and global health systems. Other surveys have shown similar declines.

But many of the health law’s supporters were concerned that the expansion in coverage would not reach Latinos and other groups that have traditionally struggled to access regular medical care.”

“The Affordable Care Act appears to be working for millions of Latinos who, as a group, have long faced the nation’s highest uninsured rates,” said the Commonwealth Fund’s Michelle Doty, the report’s lead author. “These substantial improvements will mean better health and healthcare for millions of people.””

Latinos have historically had the highest uninsured rate in the country.

This report is significant because it shows that outreach efforts to Latinos for signing up for health coverage are working. Additionally, support for the Affordable Care Act is high in the Latino community.

Photo credit: US Department of Labor via Flickr, United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the City of Houston’s Affordable Health Care Town Hall with Representatives Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee and Gene Green, Nov. 16, 2013 in Houston at the George R. Brown Center.

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