No single social safety net program in the last 25 years will have a more direct and lasting impact on Latino families in the United States than the Affordable Care Act. For the millions of uninsured Latinos in the country, the ACA has been nothing short of revolutionary. Individuals and families that lived fearful that one accident or prolonged illness could lead to financial ruin now have the security of knowing that affordable and quality health care is within reach.
Hispanic Federation has worked on two projects during the first half of 2015 that helped Latinos access health care:
The HF’s Latino Affordable Care Act (ACA) Education Campaign focused on promoting Latino awareness of the new health care law through community mobilization and media outreach. Funded in part by AARP, the program focused on raising awareness of ACA among uninsured Latinos in four key states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. The results of the program speak for themselves. Nearly 35,000 Latinos were directly contacted during the 2014-2015 enrollment cycle. Moreover, we reached 4.7 million media contacts through our public education campaign, an expansion of 2.9 million over the first year of the program. “We know that ACA and the Latino community need each other to succeed,” said HF Director of Health Advocacy Samantha Paz. “This multi-state program was able to raise awareness in key states and we think that played a major role in the early success of the ACA.”
In addition to the ACA, HF is a leader in the NYS Health Exchange Navigator Program. HF helps low-income New York City Latinos and their families enroll into free or low-cost health programs such as Child Health Plus, Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans. The program is funded through the NYS Department of Health and includes a number of community partners such as Dominican Women's Development Center, Puerto Rican Family Institute, Ryan Nena Health Center and Urban Health Plan.
Since the start of the program in 2014, HF has helped nearly 18,000 Latinos and their families obtain affordable health insurance. Since January, 2015 we’ve helped another 6,200 obtain health insurance and expect that number to reach over 10,000 by year’s end.
“Helping New York City’s Latinos get access to health care is critically important to the well-being of the community,” said Liliana Melgar, HF’s Director of Health Programs. “We’re lucky to partner with some of our communities most respected community organizations on this project. It’s because of their hard work and commitment that we have been so successful.”
While we are proud to champion ACA and work to increase access and enrollment to the program, we are mindful that these benefits do not extend to undocumented immigrants. Should these individuals require medical attention, we encourage them to call (866) HF-AYUDA so we can put them in contact with a healthcare provider.
For more information, please contact Liliana Melgar.