Skip to comments.States Struggle to Add Latinos to Health Rolls
Posted on 02/14/2014 6:13:43 AM PST by reaganaut1
LOS ANGELES With an estimated 15 percent of the countrys uninsured population, California is crucial to the success of President Obamas health care overhaul. Here, that success cannot come without enrolling Latinos, who make up more than half of the states uninsured.
But so far, enrollment of Latinos has fallen strikingly below the hopes of the laws proponents, accounting for 20 percent or fewer of those who had signed up on the state-run health insurance exchange by the end of December. Now, state officials are rushing to expand marketing efforts and hire additional Spanish-speaking staff, hoping to sharply increase that number by March 31, when open enrollment in the new insurance plans ends.
For the Affordable Care Act to work, everyone needs to get in. And if were relatively unsuccessful with a major segment of who should be getting insured, that would undoubtedly mean that were unsuccessful with the entire enterprise, said Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, the states online health care marketplace. Were absolutely doubling down.
Enrollment problems are playing out in other states with large Hispanic populations as well, including Arizona and Texas, counselors who work with immigrants said. But California stands out as the most troubling case, proponents of the law say, because it has the most Latinos of any state and has worked hard to enroll them.
For months leading up to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, state officials conducted focus groups and drew up elaborate marketing plans, with groups spending more than $100 million to publicize the new law, including extensive Spanish-language campaigns. And while many Republicans and conservative state leaders have criticized the new health care system, polls show that Latinos embrace the change.
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I doubt language is the issue. Hispanics are simply like everyone else: either they can’t afford the massive rate increases, or those who can know that obamacare is nothing more than grossly overpriced catastrophic-only, Medicaid-like “insurance”, and the rest simply want “free” medical care.
They show up and wait to be seen by whomever will see them, then they get whatever treatment they need, free of charge without bothering with any old insurance cards!, restrictions and especially not any silly old payments made by them!
They’ll keep going to the ER for free medical care,funded by taxpayers,who in many cases can’t afford ObamaCare. They aren’t as stupid as Democrats thought they are.i
I realize that part of the reason is liability, but I often wonder why ER’s don’t have a corresponding 24 hr quick care clinic staffed with PA’s or nurse practitioners operating in the same area. You walk into the ER - receive a quick triage and all the sniffles and boo boos get shuffled to quick care.
Indeed plus the fact they don’t want to be pined down with their earnings status for tax reasons.
Just give the free stuff and leave us alone.
Why would most hispanics want to chat about Obamacare. The illegal ones can show up at any hospital and demand free medical care.The hospitals cannot chat with anybody about their status. All they can do is write the bill off.Why would they want to displace free medical care with medical care that requires them to pay money for it