Latino Child Health Coverage Rate Reaches Record High, But Threats Loom

By Steven T. Lopez, Manager, NCLR Health Policy Project, and Sonya Schwartz, Research Fellow, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families

Latino children with health coverage reached a record high 92.5 percent in 2015, the second year after key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, according to our new joint report with the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. These gains are part of larger overall coverage gains for America’s children. For the first time in U.S. history, more than 95 percent of all children have health coverage.

But until every child has the opportunity to receive health coverage, it is crucial for us to continue to build on the progress that has already been made.

Looking back more than a decade, we can see just how far we have come in covering more Latino children. In 2000, around 26 percent of Latino children were uninsured. Fast forward to 2013, right before major coverage provisions of the ACA took effect, and two million Latino children, or 11.5 percent, were uninsured.

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The Selection of Tom Price for HHS Secretary Is Cause for Concern

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Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) Photo: Tom Price Facebook page

We are greatly concerned that Donald Trump’s pick for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Representative Tom Price, will curtail the maintenance of health coverage gains achieved under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In a statement this week, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía questioned the wisdom of the incoming president’s selection.

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Energy Balance Is Vital for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

By Alejandra Gepp, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

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Most of us like to eat and have a hard time doing physical activity. However, it is common knowledge that if we eat more calories than our bodies need, then we will gain weight over time. A healthy weight is important for better overall health, preventing and controlling conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea, as well as chronic diseases such as heart disease, and certain types of cancer. In addition, a healthy weight has the added bonus of giving us more energy and making us feel better.

Energy balance is critical to weight control and management. When the amount of calories we get from food and drink equals our bodies’ energy needs, we have reached “energy balance.” It is easy to think of energy balance as energy “IN” equals energy “OUT”.

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Promotores de Salud: Agents of Change for A Healthier Lifestyle

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

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November is National Diabetes Month, a time to bring attention to diabetes and how it affects nearly 30 million Americans. Latino adults are disproportionately affected by this disease, being nearly twice as likely as non-Latino White adults to be diagnosed. Many factors contribute to this disproportionate risk, including age, obesity, family history, and ethnicity.

Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can lead to additional complications. The good news is that it’s manageable, and those who have better access to health care and community resources tend to be more likely to receive treatment. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a key step to reducing one’s risk for developing diabetes. One way to better understand risk factors and learn about preventing or managing diabetes is by participating in culturally sensitive classes. They’re often free and led by peer facilitators or promotores de salud (community health workers).

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It’s Time to Get Covered!

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made it possible for 20 million more Americans, including more than four million Latinos, to get health coverage since it was implemented in 2013.

Open enrollment under the ACA is finally here! It is important for you and your family to sign up for health insurance during this open enrollment period, which begins Tuesday, November 1 and runs through January 31, 2017. You can enroll in coverage by calling (800) 318-2596 or by visiting healthcare.gov or cuidadodesalud.gov.

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