Director of Immigration Policy
As events and educational activities mark this year’s Hispanic Heritage month, we are marking recent progress in expanding health coverage among Latinos and seeking further progress.
The share of Latinos without health insurance has fallen by one-third since 2013, from 24.4 percent to 16.2 percent, the latest Census data show. Much of this improvement is due to health reform. The Affordable Care Act created a pathway for millions of Latinos and others to get comprehensive health coverage through Medicaid, marketplace plans, and employer-sponsored insurance (by allowing young adults to remain in their parents’ employer plans until they turn 26).
Though there were 4 million fewer uninsured Latinos in 2015 than 2013, Latinos’ uninsured rate was still 1.5 times higher than white non-Latinos’. Three steps would further cut the number of uninsured Latinos: