The share of adult Latinos without medical insurance dropped from 41.8 percent to about a third, the Health and Human Services Department announced Monday. This makes Hispanics the group with the largest gains in insurance.
That means 4.2 million previously uninsured Latinos have some kind of coverage since healthcare enrollment began in 2013, possibly including coverage through federal and state-funded Medicaid. The number also includes young people able to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, which began earlier.
Eight years after walking out on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in protest of the treatment of female members, Rep. Linda Sánchez finds herself in charge of the Latino lawmakers' group, with another woman as her lieutenant.
Sánchez, D-Calif., assumed the top post of the male-dominated group in her 12th year in the House, the dust clearly settled on the equity issue within the caucus.
Sánchez heads the CHC in the congressional session leading up to the 2016 presidential contest that could feature Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee and one where the Latino vote is once again expected to be key to the outcome.
Weeks before Tuesday’s first shopping day for health insurance, Gateway Community Health Center trained and certified four counselors to help people sort through health insurance options and decide which to buy.