January 31, 2016

Insurance Coverage of Hispanic Children


Insurance Coverage of Hispanic Children

The Georgetown Center on Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza recently released a 50-state report finding that uninsurance rates for Hispanic children reached a historic low in the first year the Affordable Care Act's coverage provisions took effect. From 2009 to 2014, the gap between numbers of uninsured Hispanic children and all uninsured children decreased from a 7.2% difference to a 3.7%. While the health coverage gap is narrowing for Hispanic children, they are still more likely to be uninsured than their peers. 

This report discusses five strategies to support future opportunities to maximize health coverage for Hispanic children and remove barriers to enrollment. These efforts can lead to greater health coverage for these children, but also more opportunities for success in school, work, and participation in society at large.