By Steven Lopez, Manager, Health Policy Project, NCLR
More Latinos lack health insurance than any other group in the U.S., so it is crucial that they take the opportunity to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While significant improvements have been made to the enrollment process, some Latinos, particularly immigrants and mixed-status families, still face unique challenges.
Immigrants and mixed-status families have many questions about enrolling in health coverage under the ACA. Here are five things that they -- and those assisting them -- need to know:
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said that the information people provide on their health applications is only used to verify eligibility under the ACA, not for immigration enforcement purposes.
Latinos still have an opportunity to get covered if they enroll by February 15, 2015. Under the ACA, 80 percent of applicants may be eligible for financial help to pay for health coverage, and 72 percent of services are offered free of cost, including mammograms, well-child visits, and diabetes screenings.