If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, 30 million more Americans, including 6.5 million Latinos, stand to lose their coverage, and millions more will likely be harmed. From California’s Central Valley to Miami, Americans are showing up and speaking out to demand “no repeal without replace”. Now, we’re asking you to join this growing chorus of concerned Americans.
This weekend and in the coming days, as Members of Congress go back to their districts for the President’s Day recess (February 18-26), they need to hear from YOU, their constituents, about what having health coverage means to you and your loved ones and why as a nation we cannot afford to go backwards when it comes to the gains we’ve made.
Despite the immense gains Latinos have made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Senate voted to confirm an outspoken enemy of the landmark law, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Given his well-known animosity toward providing affordable care to more Americans, we are very disappointed in the result of the final vote. We will be vigilant in monitoring his agency, and we’ll hold him accountable for his actions as secretary.
“Rep. Price has a dangerous track record of championing legislation that would take health coverage away from many Americans – including millions of Latinos,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “This includes championing efforts to repeal the ACA, along with efforts to cut Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
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.
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.
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.