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With Affordable Care Act, more Latinos insured

Written by Diane Archer

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund reveals that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many more Latinos are insured.

Overall, there has been a 13 point increase in the Latino population with health insurance since last year.  As of a few months ago, 23 percent of the Latino population is uninsured as compared with last year when 36 percent of the Latino population was uninsured.

Young Latinos between the ages of 19 and 34 have seen the greatest drop—20 points–in their uninsured rate.  Between July and September 2013, 43 percent of the Latino population between 19 and 34 was uninsured.  Nine months later, between April and June 2014, 23 percent of the Latino young adult population was uninsured.

States that have expanded Medicaid coverage have cut by half the percentage of uninsured Latinos from 35 percent to 17 percent.  States that have not expanded Medicaid coverage still have 33 percent of their Latino population uninsured.

For decades, Latinos had the highest uninsured rate in America.

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