LA Times: Number of Latinos with insurance coverage surges under healthcare law

Affordable Care Act enrollment

People wait to apply for Affordable Care Act insurance coverage on March 31, 2014, in Commerce. Nationwide, the percentage of Latinos ages 19 to 64 lacking health coverage fell from 36% to 23% between the summer of 2013 and the spring of 2014. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The federal healthcare law has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos, according to a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the effects of the Affordable Care Act on a historically underinsured community.

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.

Continue reading here: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-obamacare-latinos-20140925-story.html

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