Latinos being left behind in health care overhaul

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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 12:48 PM by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: health insurance, latinos

WASHINGTON - The nation's largest minority group risks being left behind by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Hispanics make up nearly one-third of the nation's uninsured, but many are staying on the sidelines as the White House races to meet a goal of 6 million sign-ups by March 31.

Latinos "are not at the table," says Jane Delgado, president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, a nonpartisan advocacy network.

Experts say that's a loss both for Latinos, and the Obama administration itself.

Hispanics who remain uninsured could face fines, not to mention risking high medical bills for their families.

And the government won't get the full advantage of a largely young and healthy group that could help keep premiums low in the new insurance markets.

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