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ACA Enrollment Specialists Reach Out to California Latinos

Health advocates are making a big push for California Latinos to sign up for health insurance before open enrollment ends Jan. 31. (pamelamoore/iStockphoto)
Health advocates are making a big push for California Latinos to sign up for health insurance before open enrollment ends Jan. 31. (pamelamoore/iStockphoto)
January 8, 2016

California has 3.8 million uninsured people, by some estimates, and almost three quarters of them are Latino. So, the nonprofit group Enroll America is launching a National Latino Week of Action, starting tomorrow, with a goal of getting as many Latinos as possible to sign up before the current open-enrollment period ends on Jan. 31.

Anne Filipic, president of the nonprofit Enroll America, said it's imperative to get the word out, especially to hourly wage earners who are the least likely to be insured.

"Four out of five Latinos don't know that financial help is available to reduce their monthly premiums," she said, "even though 85 percent of people who enrolled during the second enrollment period received financial assistance to make their health insurance more affordable."

About 500 enrollment events are planned for California in the next few weeks. Information about the events and a comparison of health plans are available online at coveredCA.com.

Nationally, about 4 million Latinos have found health insurance through the Affordable Care Act since it began. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell said the ACA will make a big difference in Latino health with its focus on preventive care.

"The Latino community still suffers from health disparities, like disproportionate rates of asthma, diabetes and certain cancers," she said. "But with better access to annual checkups, diet counseling and many cancer screenings, we can begin to close these gaps."

California is set to make a huge dent in the problem in May, when a first-in-the-nation program to insure about 170,000 undocumented children through Medi-Cal takes effect.

Enrollment events are online at coveredCA.com/get-help/local/events.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - CA