Saturday, December 16, 2017

GOP Tax Plan Hurts Latinos

Having made its way through the House, the tax bill is scheduled to go before the Senate for a vote in the coming days. If adopted, the tax bill could mean major setbacks for Latinos in health and income inequality.

Racial Bias Might Have Spared Communities of Color from Opioid Epidemic

Research shows that doctors are far less likely to prescribe prescription opioids to their black and Latino patients, making them less vulnerable to develop an addiction to those drugs, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

New Report Sheds Light on the Experiences of Latino/a Transgender People in the U.S.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the largest surveyor of transgender people in the nation released a new report last week adding to their 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. The new report found disproportionately higher health disparities and patterns of discrimination against the Latino/a Transgender community.

Latino Health Coverage Expected to Fall Under the Trump Administration

In an effort to deviate from the strategies of the Obama Administration in seeking out customers for the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace, the Trump Administration has taken a “laissez-faire” approach to this year’s enrollment period. A decision that many Latino community activists fear may reverse advancements made by their community in pursuit of health coverage

Hispanic Caucus Alarmed by Lack of Obamacare Latino Outreach

On Thursday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price saying that they are “alarmed” by the lack of work with the coalition of Latino advocacy groups called the Latino Affordable Care Act Coalition. The caucus is demanding to meet with Price to ensure that Hispanic families […]

Trump Administration Discontinues Latino Outreach for Obamacare Registration

In the recent years, by early August Luis Torres was already in the midst of weekly meetings with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House to prepare for the start of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period on November 1. This year, Torres’, the policy director for the League […]

Dems Say Republican Health Plan is a Death Sentence for U.S. Latinos

On Wednesday, Democratic senators blasted Republicans’ proposed replacement for Obamacare as a “death sentence” for more than 6 million U.S. Latinos who will lose health care coverage. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that under the Senate Republican legislation roughly 22 million Americans will lose their health insurance by 2026; Latinos represent 6 million of […]

Obesity Epidemic at All-Time High Among Latino, Low-Income Students

A new report from San Diego county revealed that many students are still overweight or obese, and many of them reside in low-income, disadvantaged communities. The obesity rate for Latino students is more than twice as high for Latino and low-income children. “Nearly in every corner of my street, there’s a fast-food restaurant,” said Kearny […]

Trump Slams Dems and Puerto Rico for Possible Government Shutdown

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that Democrats were attempting to bail out insurance companies and Puerto Rico from ObamaCare, and on Thursday, he went further to suggest Democrats were willing to shut down the government for the sake of Puerto Rico. Trump’s comments come in lieu of lobbying efforts by island officials, to close a Medicare […]

Latino Leaders Evaluate Trump’s First 100 Days

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of over 46 national Latino organizations, gathered on Wednesday to assess the Trump administration’s early impact on Latino issues. NHLA released its report, First 100 Days: Analysis of the Trump Administration’s early impact on Latino Priorities, and struggled to identify, even one area, where the administration has […]