Government public health officials joined the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today to highlight ways in which the Affordable Care Act will make health insurance more accessible and affordable to the nearly 10 million Latinos that will be eligible to receive health coverage under the new public health law.
“Health Care Reform brings us closer to establishing health care as a civil right,” said LULAC President, Rosa Rosales. “With one in three Latinos lacking health insurance coverage, Hispanic families have suffered more than any other ethnic group due to lack of coverage and inadequate care.” Hispanics are disproportionately impacted by chronic health conditions and face disparities in accessing health care and the quality they receive. Even when Hispanics and non-minorities have the same types of insurance, racial and ethnic minorities receive lower quality care or live in neighborhoods where quality health professionals and services are not available.
LULAC will focus its attention amongst other things on ensuring that discriminatory health practices are eliminated and preventative care such as mammograms, immunizations and screenings for cancer or diabetes will be utilized by Hispanics especially since the out-of-pocket costs will no longer be required for these health screenings