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Thursday July 21, 2011

NCLR Warns Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Could Leave Nearly 50% of Young Hispanics Without Coverage

NCLR Warns Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Could Leave Nearly 50% of Young Hispanics Without Coverage

Photo: La Raza, along with Families USA, have come together to form Stand Up For Health Care

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It has been estimated that if Congress makes the large cuts being proposed for Medicaid, roughly 25 percent of Hispanics in the United States are at risk of losing their health coverage.

According to a state-by-state breakdown from the National Council of La Raza, Medicaid is the only source of health coverage for nearly half of all Hispanics under the age of 18 the U.S. This has the council “deeply worried” about the status of the budget and the talks within the White House and congress, said the NCLR Vice president for Research, Advocacy and Legislation Eric Rodriguez during a conference call with reporters.

“Medicaid plays a key role in protecting Latino families from uninsurance in every state in the Union,” said Rodriguez. “Latinos are an important part of our country’s future and will carry the legacy that comes with our runaway debt. But to cut the very programs that keep our most vulnerable healthy is shortsighted. Our nation will feel the severe effects of Medicaid cuts for generations to come.”

He called the manner in the which Medicaid is being targeted for spending cuts as “frivolous and arbitrary.”

The NCLR estimates that if cuts to Medicaid like those suggested by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) are approved, it would result in 12.8 million U.S. Hispanics losing Medicaid coverage.

Looking to stop potential cuts, La Raza, along with Families USA, have come together to form Stand Up For Health Care, which encourages advocates to “get involved in the fight to protect Medicaid” by e-mailing Congress, sharing your story, signing petitions and sharing your support with friends and family through social media.

The NCLR said, “Never has it been so clear that the health and welfare of Latinos is at stake.  Last-minute budget negotiations continue to keep Medicaid cuts on the table.”

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