Thursday, October 03, 2013

Gallego: Affordable Care Act addresses Latino health care disparity issues

Gallego: Affordable Care Act addresses Latino health care disparity issues

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement regarding the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the Latino community.

“Now that the Health Insurance Marketplace is open and ready for business, Latinos can expect better access to quality health care.  For too long, the Latino community in Arizona and across America has dealt with health disparities related to accessing affordable care.

“We know that in 2009, 32 percent of Latinos in the country were uninsured, and half of all Latinos here did not have a regular doctor. Also, 20 percent of low-income Latino youth have gone a year without a health care visit.

“We can do better than this, and the Affordable Care Act will make a difference. The initial enrollment period for marketplace plans is six months long. This provides individuals and families who are shopping for coverage enough time to ask questions and find the best plan for their needs. Insurance companies will have to compete for people’s business.

“The ACA also invests in research on health disparities so that we can increase diversity within the health care profession and ultimately eliminate health disparities in minority communities. This is about giving us more options, more choices and more control over our health care.”

To apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. For information in Spanish, visit www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Enrollment tools will be available online in Spanish in mid-October. Bilingual staff is currently available by phone and can be reached at the number listed above.

Arizonans can determine if they are Medicaid eligible through Heath-E Arizona Plus at https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/Default/Default.aspx.

For help signing up, consumers can contact marketplace navigators, which include:
Arizona Association of Community Health Centers
602-253-0090

University of Arizona, Center for Rural Health
520-626-5823

Campesinos Sin Fronteras
928-627-5995 or 928-627-1680

Greater Phoenix Urban League, Inc.
602-254-5611

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