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Nevada’s Fastest Growing Population Speaks Out on Health Care

June 4, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – Health care is a key issue for Nevada voters this election year - and perhaps an even bigger concern for Nevada's fastest growing population: Latinos. Across the country, more than 40 percent of Latino/Hispanic adults have no health insurance, according to AARP research. The Silver State is no exception, adds Otto Merida of Nevada's Latin Chamber of Commerce.

"We are the growing population in the state. One of the big issues with the Hispanic population is that we lack the insurance needed to confront some of the health problems that we might have. That is also true, by the way, of many of our employers."

Merida participated in Tuesday's "Hispanic Leader Opinion Forum." The event, hosted by AARP, is among the first of its kind in the nation, bringing together community leaders and elected officials to find common ground on key domestic issues.

Merida advocates a universal health coverage plan that involves both public and private sectors. All too often, he explains, the only time many Hispanics in Nevada see a doctor is in a hospital emergency room - and, just as often, they can't afford those services. The current system, he insists, must be changed.

"If I don't pay my bill, somebody is picking up that bill and it means the taxpayers of this state, and of this country. At the end, we're all paying for it, because eventually hospitals are going back to the state, saying, 'We have this deficit - what about helping us?'"

AARP's national survey indicates three out of five Latinos over age 45 are concerned about having enough money to pay for health care. No matter who wins the White House in November, Merida predicts, it's an issue the President and Congress must address in 2009.

Michael Clifford/Steve Powers, Public News Service - NV