Over half of the estimated 50 million uninsured individuals in the United States are racial and ethnic minorities who continue to lag behind in many health indicators, including access to quality care. Almost one in three Latinos, an estimated of 15 million people, are uninsured, yet Latinos suffer from certain illnesses at higher levels than white Americans.
Signed into law by President Obama, the Affordable Care Act will remove obstacles to care that many Latinos have historically faced and ensure that they will have better access to stable, affordable health insurance and high quality health care suited to their needs. Latinos, like all Americans, will have better protection from the worst insurance company abuses, more affordable health care, a stronger Medicare program, and better options for coverage.
- Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will provide 10.2 million uninsured Latino Americans an opportunity to get affordable health insurance coverage.
- 8.2 million Latinos with private insurance now have access to expanded preventive services with no cost sharing.
- An estimated 4.9 million Latina women with private health insurance now have guaranteed access to women’s preventive services without cost sharing.
- 3.9 million elderly and disabled Latinos who receive health coverage from Medicare have access to many preventive services with no cost-sharing.
- 913,000Latino young adults between ages 19 and 25 who would have been uninsured, including 375,000 Latinas, now have coverage under their parents’ employer-sponsored or individually purchased health plan.
- About 11.8 million Latinos, including 4.4 million adult Latinas, no longer have lifetime limits on their health insurance.
For LCLAA, the health and well-being of our community is a priority. That is why we support the Affordable Care Act and encourage all who qualify to enroll in this program.
REMINDER: The open enrollment for this year closes on March 31, 2014. To enroll, click here.
ACTION ALERT: One in four young adults in the United States is uninsured. Join LCLAA this February 15th for National Youth Enrollment Day and encourage members of your community to enroll in affordable, quality healthcare. Click here