Latino groups worry about ACA enrollment

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Important article on kaiserhealthnews.org for Network faithful concerned about the impact of disparities and disproportionalities on health care reform.

The Obama administration is counting on Latinos to help make the Affordable Care Act a success, but there may be troubles ahead: Hispanic health centers and community organizations say they don’t have the funding or resources to carry out the complicated sign up process for the 10 million Latinos who will be eligible for new public and subsidized health coverage options.

From the article:

  • Jennifer Ng’andu, who is the director of the health and civil rights policy project at the National Council of La Raza, says Latino organizations have their work cut out for them. The congressional health care debates of 2009 and 2010 created a sense of distrust in the community, she said, because there was a focus on how to keep undocumented immigrants from using any of the health law benefits. People who are legal residents are eligible to use the insurance marketplaces and receive tax credits to help pay for premiums, but many face a five-year wait before they are eligible for Medicaid.

    "The take away often was that there isn't really anything in the Affordable Care Act for the Latino community," says Ng’andu. "Many people forgot to talk about the fact that there are a broad set of Latinos who are lawfully present and who will gain the benefits of the Affordable Care Act."
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