If you have been following me lately, you have probably noticed I have been very involved in various efforts regarding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. As a “Champion for Coverage” for the Affordable Care Act, I’m committed to helping the community learn more about the opportunity to take better care of themselves and their children. As a mother and member of a large family that includes members who have just recently been able to afford health insurance, this is a topic very close to my heart. But don’t take it from me. The statistics pertaining our community’s uninsured rates are simply mindblowing, and they point to the tremendous benefits that access to health insurance brings to the community. For example:
• The Latino community disproportionately lacks health insurance, at a much higher rate than the U.S. population overall. In fact, according to a 2013 report by Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Office of Health Policy to the Department of Health and Human services, of the 41.3 million uninsured nonelderly U.S. citizens and others lawfully residing in the United States, 10.2 million people or one in four (25 percent) are Latino.
• Among the Latino eligible uninsured, less than half, or 45 percent (4.6 million), are Latinas.
• About 30% of young adults are uninsured, representing more than one in five of the uninsured. Of the uninsured young adult population, more than half are racial and ethnic minorities.
• One in six young adults suffers from a chronic health condition like diabetes, cancer or asthma that requires regular medical care that can be a costly burden for the uninsured. They have the highest rate of injury-related emergency department visits among all age groups under age 75. Young adults need protection against accidents and illness; they need insurance.
With the ACA application deadline fast approaching, it is imperative we all make a huge effort to help our community make the best choice when it comes to their and their families’ health. Regardless of your political views in regards to the ACA, it is only fair that we make this valuable information available to those who may need it the most, and let them make their own choices. As I always say: “An informed community is an empowered community.” Let’s help our people empower themselves.
In that spirit, I will be sharing valuable resources and information in these pages – and today, I want to share these brand new social media infocards that were just released by the Office of Minority Health to encourage young people to check out the one-stop shopping on HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov. The infocards feature minority young adults from various
ethnic and racial backgrounds—including Asian American Pacific Islander, Native American,
Latino and African American, and are available on English and Spanish.
Please click on the English and Spanish Infocards above to view them in a bigger size, and visit the Office of Minority Health’s Website to download them. Then share them far and wide on your social networks and encourage them to enroll in health coverage before March 31st… The community will thank you!