Catching Up: Latino Health Coverage Gains and Challenges Under the Affordable Care Act

Results from the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey

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Also see: "The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance for Latinos" (Sept. 25, 2014), a Journal of the American Medical Association Viewpoint by Michelle M. Doty, Ph.D., M.P.H., David Blumenthal, M.D., and Sara R. Collins, Ph.D.

Overview

For decades, Latinos have had the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the United States. Less than one year after the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces opened for enrollment, the overall Latino uninsured rate dropped from 36 percent to 23 percent, according to the Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey, conducted April 9 to June 2, 2014. However, the high uninsured rate among Latinos in states that had not expanded their Medicaid program at the time of the survey—33 percent—remained statistically unchanged. These states are home to about 20 million Latinos, the majority of whom live in Texas and Florida. Read more.

Latino Uninsured Rate Dropping

Publication Details

Publication Date:
September 25, 2014
Authors:
Michelle M. Doty, Petra W. Rasmussen, Sara R. Collins
Contact:
Michelle M. Doty, Vice President, Survey Research and Evaluation, The Commonwealth Fund
E-mail: mmd@cmwf.org
Editor:
Christopher Hollander
Citation:
M. M. Doty, P. W. Rasmussen, and S. R. Collins, Catching Up: Latino Health Coverage Gains and Challenges Under the Affordable Care Act, The Commonwealth Fund, September 2014.