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Latino groups say they lack funding for Obamacare outreach

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Latino groups, which are seen as a key to the success of the outreach effort for President Obama’s health care law, say they don’t have sufficient funding to properly help, according a recent report by Kaiser Health News.

Kaiser’s Jenny Gold writes:

The Obama administration is counting on Latinos to help make the Affordable Care Act a success, but there may be troubles ahead: Hispanic health centers and community organizations say they don’t have the funding or resources to carry out the complicated sign up process for the 10 million Latinos who will be eligible for new public and subsidized health coverage options.

Last month, Gold reported that:

Latinos make up 17 percent of the total U.S. population, but 32 percent of the nation’s uninsured. They’re also more likely to be young – nearly half of Hispanics are under the age of 26. That’s important for the insurance pools because young and healthy people need fewer medical services and insurance companies can use their premiums to help subsidize coverage for older or sicker patients.

The Latino outreach effort is another key aspect of the Obamacare rollout effort worth keeping an eye on.

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