The report, authored by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (Georgetown CCF) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), shows that the rate of uninsured Latino children in North Carolina dropped from 12 percent to 9.3 percent from 2013 to 2015, a time period that coincides with the implementation of major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite this progress, the rate of uninsured Latino children in North Carolina is higher than the national average and higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the state other than American Indians.
While North Carolina lags behind other states when it comes to enrolling Latino children, the most recent numbers represent continued progress in providing access to care and reducing troubling racial disparities. What’s more encouraging is that the vast majority of uninsured Latino children are currently eligible for coverage under Medicaid or SCHIP, but not enrolled. This means that still more progress is possible with enhanced outreach and enrollment efforts.
But this additional progress is only possible if Medicaid and SCHIP remain accessible...click here to continue reading.
By Rob Thompson
Alianza Latina Pro-Educación en Salud
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