Calif. Marketplace Reports Mixed Results In Signing Up Latinos
Enrollment figures show that the state is ahead of last year's pace but still many Latinos who are eligible haven't signed up for coverage.
Los Angeles Times:
California: Latino Enrollment In Obamacare Opens Strong
California's health exchange said it has seen a strong turnout among Latinos for Obamacare coverage after nearly two months of open enrollment. Covered California struggled at times to reach uninsured Latinos during the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and it was roundly criticized by state lawmakers for marketing missteps. (Terhune, 1/15)
The San Jose Mercury News:
Obamacare: Latino Enrollment Numbers In California Show Mixed Results
A retooled, multi-million-dollar marketing effort by the state's health care exchange to persuade more of the state's Latino residents to obtain insurance under the nation's health care law is showing mixed results, according to enrollment data released Thursday. ... During a presentation to the exchange's board of directors Thursday, Covered California's executive director, Peter Lee, told the board that half of the roughly 300,000 people who have been determined eligible for coverage are Latinos but have not yet selected a plan. (Seipel, 1/15)
The California Health Report:
Left Behind By The Affordable Care Act
More than 3 million previously uninsured Californians gained health insurance since the start of the ACA’s first enrollment period, according to a July study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Almost 30 percent of the remaining uninsured, however, are undocumented immigrants who are ineligible for both Medi-Cal and assistance through Covered California. (Dayton, 1/15)
AARP looks into the enrollment issues for Asian Americans.
Report Exposes Health Coverage Gap Across Asian-American Seniors
A new AARP report finds that among all Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) 50 years and older, up to 20 percent lack health insurance due to cost concerns. But the organization says because of the diversity within the community, coverage rates vary widely across ethnicities. (Guillermo, 1/15)