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.
by Gabriel R. Sanchez, Francisco I. Pedraza and Edward D. Vargas, Latino Decisions, Leader in Latino political opinion research
In this video, Dr. Joseph Alvarnas, Director of Medical Quality and Associate Director in the Division of Hematology and Hemapoietic Cell Transplantation at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, shares his thoughts and insights about HealthyHispanicLiving.com and how it is helping to change the conversation about healthcare in order to better equip the medical community to serve the demographic shift.
For a generation, doctors in New York’s economically depressed neighborhoods have been the ugly ducklings of the medical hierarchy. Many are foreign born and foreign trained, serve mostly minority and immigrant patients, and often run high-volume practices to compensate for Medicaid’s low rate of payment.
At the end of her previous article, “Treatment and Research Directions for the Older Cancer Patient,” Arti Hurria, M.D., Director, Cancer and Aging Research Program at City of Hope, was asked: How do you treat the older patient who is isolated and doesn’t have a social support group? The support network of family and friends that a person has provides a crucial role during treatment, but in cases where it is lacking, Dr. Hurria’s whole team approach to treating the whole patient serves as a de facto support system.