Latinos, a group which has long endured the highest rates among the uninsured, has seen significant improvement thanks to Obamacare.
According to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund, overall uninsured rates dropped from 20 percent to 15 percent, but for Latinos aged 19 to 64, the rate fell from 36 to 23 percent after the close of Obamacare’s first enrollment period. For young (aged 19-34), low-income Latinos, the survey cited an even more impressive drop from 43 percent to 23 percent.
Well, almost. The numbers take a drastic downfall in states like Florida and Texas, two states with significant Latino populations. The goal to expand access to Medicaid has been thwarted by Republicans’ efforts to block coverage. In states that refused expansion, the uninsured rate remained virtually unchanged at 33 percent. For Latinos living in states which did expand Medicaid coverage, uninsured rates plunged from 35 percent to 17 percent.
“To achieve the law’s goal of near-universal coverage, it will be necessary for all states to expand Medicaid,” the Commonwealth report states.
h/t: Huffington Post