Latinos Have Less Access to Health Care, Even After New Changes
While millions of Americans of all backgrounds face the problem of being unable to access care because of a lack of insurance or inadequate coverage, Latinos are far more likely than people in other racial and ethnic groups to be unable to afford or get care when they need it, Newsweek reports.
Government agencies and public health officials are joining the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in highlighting ways in which the Affordable Care Act will make health insurance more accessible and affordable to the nine million Latinos that will be eligible to receive health coverage under the new public health law. With one in three Latinos lacking health insurance coverage, Latino families have suffered more than any other ethnic group due to lack of coverage and inadequate care.
However, the 8 percent of U.S. residents that the Congressional Budget Office estimates will remain uninsured once health reform is implemented will still be disproportionately Latino.
Access-to-care issues thus must remain a priority for policy-makers and health researchers.
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