Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Affordable Care Act Upheld: How does it affect Hispanics?

The Supreme Court has upheld the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) Thursday morning in a monumental ruling set to impact millions of people in the United States.

Hispanics will benefit from the already created Office of Minority Health and its efforts  toward eliminating health disparities.

One in 6 Hispanic seniors suffer from preexisting conditions and will be allowed access to health care under the ACA. (Shutterstock photo)

2009 Gallup poll found that 41.7 percent of Hispanics in the country, age 18 and over, lacked health insurance, compared to the national average of 16 percent and 11.6 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

Three in 10 Latinos are uninsured, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Under the health care law, many of those individuals will have access to health care, including the 39 percent of uninsured Latino children who will now be allowed to remain on their parents’ policies until the age of 26. Hispanic children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

“If uninsurance is reduced to the extent projected in this analysis, sizable reductions in long-standing racial and ethnic differentials in access to health care and health status are likely to follow,” said authors from study conducted by the Urban Policy Institute.

One in 6 Hispanic seniors suffer from preexisting conditions and will be allowed access to health care under the ACA.

With the Affordable Care Act, 11 million dollars in funding for bilingual health centers will continue to assist communities, and Puerto Rico, which had seen an increase in Medicaid funding for the uninsured, will also retain access to funds.

Low income families, a large number of Hispanics, will have access to inexpensive health coverage through employers.

This article originally appeared on VOXXI.