Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force Recognizes National Minority Health Month
Democrats Highlight Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for Hispanic Communities and Pledge to Work to Reduce Health Disparities
April 20, 2012
Washington – In recognition of April as National Minority Health Month, Senate Democrats highlighted the benefits of Democratic policies on the Hispanic community, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Racial and ethnic minority communities have long had higher disease rates and less access to quality health care. In fact, one-third of Hispanics lack health insurance, are more likely to struggle with language or cultural barriers in accessing care and disproportionately suffer from conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes.
“It is critical that we recognize the health issues facing Hispanic and minority communities, who have historically been less likely to receive quality health care and suffer from debilitating diseases at higher rates,” said Senator Menendez. “With the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, we are making real and significant progress in addressing the needs of minority communities. As Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, I pledge to continue working with my colleagues to make even more progress so that all our communities can be healthier.”
“Affordable healthcare is vital to all Americans, but in particular to minorities. For far too long minorities have suffered from higher rates of chronic diseases, and lack of access to proper healthcare. However, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program millions of Hispanics in our communities now have good preventive health services,” said Senator Reid. “I remain committed to continue working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to ensure that all minorities in Nevada and all over the country have affordable and quality healthcare.”
The ACA lowers health insurance costs to make coverage accessible, ensures access to free preventative care services, provides tax credits for low-income immigrant families who may be ineligible for Medicaid, helps small businesses pay for providing health insurance to their employees, as well as establishes a strong focus on finding solutions to address minority health disparities.
Democrats also oversaw the successful reauthorization of CHIP in 2009, which now covers 31.9% of Hispanic children and helps low-income families afford health care.
DPCC Background Document on the Affordable Care Act: Health Reform Dramatically Reduces Health Disparities by Improving Access to Quality Care for All Americans
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