California Healthline: More Than One Million Latinos Enrolled In Exchange or Medi-Cal in Six Months

by David Gorn More than one million Latinos signed up for health insurance through Covered California or Medi-Cal over the past six months, according to numbers released yesterday by state officials. The insurance exchange yesterday released its total for its first six-month open enrollment period and the Department of Health Care Services released the number of Medi-Cal additions … Continue reading

California Healthline: Assembly Hearing Examines Latinos’ Unpreparedness for Long-Term Care

by David Gorn An Assembly committee hearing yesterday highlighted the lack of preparedness in the Latino community for long-term care of family members  and the large number of families who likely will need help paying for it.   “Inadequate funding disproportionately affects low-income, minority and rural populations,” said Alicia Hernández Sánchez, associate director of the Central … Continue reading

LA Times: California health exchange faulted for not reaching out more to Latinos

  U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) encourages Orange County residents to sign up for health coverage Thursday before enrollment ends March 31 under the Affordable Care Act. (Soumya Karlamangla / Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2014)   By Soumya Karlamangla and Chad TerhuneSome California politicians are turning up the heat on the state’s health insurance exchange to … Continue reading

KHN: Report: Latinos Could Be Big Winners From Obamacare

By Phil Galewitz Latinos make up a disproportionate share of the nation’s uninsured and most could get coverage from the Affordable Care Act or existing programs if every state expanded Medicaid,  according to a federal report released Tuesday. The report said that if all states expanded Medicaid, as many as 95 percent of eligible, uninsured Latinos might … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Early stumbles hamper California’s Latino health care enrollment

By Christopher Cadelago California has struggled to enroll Latinos in health insurance coverage through its new exchange, spurring waves of criticism from supporters of the law and potentially jeopardizing the program’s long-term success. Of the 400,000 customers who responded to a question about their ethnicity, fewer than 20 percent identified as Latino, Hispanic or Spanish over three … Continue reading

PBS NewsHour: As Hispanic population explodes in U.S., so too will their need for long-term care

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

BY: ELIZABETH SHELL By 2060, nearly one in three U.S. residents will be Hispanic. That population is expected to more than double from the current 53 million to nearly 129 million. And as a group, Hispanics are projected to make up more than a fifth of the 65+ U.S. population by 2060. The non-Hispanic white population will … Continue reading

LA Times: California health insurance exchange struggling to enroll Latinos

The lack of a Spanish-language application form and a shortage of counselors hamper the California health insurance exchange’s effort. Fremont High School students at the South L.A. Power Festival fill out health surveys and gather information about Obamacare. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / September 28, 2013) By Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown For all its success enrolling tens … Continue reading

LA Times: California’s health exchange enrolls 159,000, but few Latinos turn out

About 7,100 Californians signed up daily for private health insurance in the state's exchange during the first week of December, data show. (David McNew / Getty Images),0,5700327.story#ixzz2nNcmjrOg

About 7,100 Californians signed up daily for private health insurance in the state’s exchange during the first week of December, data show. (David McNew / Getty Images) By Chad TerhuneCalifornia’s insurance exchange said 159,000 people have enrolled in private health plans through early December, but very few Latinos are signing up. In figures released Thursday, the … Continue reading

Kaiser Health News: Latino Enrollment Key To Success Of Health Law Marketplaces

By Jenny Gold KHN Staff Writer JUN 25, 2013 This KHN story was produced in collaboration with  Andrea Velandia, 29, is just the sort of person health law regulators are seeking to draw into the new online insurance marketplaces– young, healthy, uninsured and Latino. Promotora Elva Jaldin teaches Andrea Velandia, who holds her newborn son, about … Continue reading

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