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Latinos have far less health insurance coverage than their white and black peers.
The Commonwealth Fund report shows:
- The uninsured rate for Latinos adults dropped by 12 percentage points from 2013 to 2015. That’s a larger decline than among blacks (9 percentage points) and whites (5 percentage points).
- The share of Latino adults who skipped doctor’s visits because of costs decreased by 5 percentage points, from 27% percent to 22%. That’s a larger decline than among whites (2 percentage points).
- The share of black and of Hispanic adults age 18 and older without a usual source of care, like a family doctor, both decreased by 4 percentage points. Whites decreased by 1 percentage point. Having a usual source of care is a strong predictor of health care access.
While the study showed significant progress and reason for optimism, more work needs to be done.
The study also found Latinos are still more likely to not get their medical care needs met compared to Whites.
Latinos often lack access to access to resources, opportunities, and access that greatly impact their overall health and well-being. These health disparities often force low-income Latino families to make difficult choices when it comes to health, education, and finances.
“If we are going to reduce these disparities, we must continue to focus on policies like expanding eligibility for Medicaid that will address our health care system’s historic inequities,” Dr. Pamela Riley of the The Commonwealth Fund told NBC News.
In states with expanded Medicaid coverage, the rate of uninsured Latino adults dropped 14%.
This compares to 11% in states that did not expand coverage.
“Improving upon the Affordable Care Act, and expanding Medicaid in all states, will be critical if we are going to see disparities continue to shrink and ensure that everyone can get affordable, high-quality health care,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund.
Read more about Latinos and healthcare:
- Proposal to Give All Young Adults in CA Health Care Fails to Pass #SaludSupport http://salud.to/2w7ufcr
- Healthcare Costs Level Out; Still Outpace Wages & Inflation #SaludSupport http://salud.to/2f3zQKW
- A new report finds a 20-year gap between the healthiest & unhealthiest US counties. #SaludSupport https://goo.gl/OvF6zQ