Latinos and health care reform
Latinos and health care reform

About this project

California's Latinos have by far the biggest stake in the future of health reform, accounting for more than half of the uninsured population that will be newly eligible for its publicly funded medical coverage. Even after deducting undocumented immigrants, who are excluded, approximately 2.1 million of the 3.9 million uninsured people eligible statewide are Latino, according to a recent study. If the new law clears the political and legal hurdles it faces to become a functional medical system by its 2014 full- implementation date, experts believe it could transform the long-suffering health profile of California’s Latino community. If repealed, advocates say, the state’s Latinos could be relegated to a perpetual state of limited medical access.


California Latinos big winners in health reform

In the two years since Maria Elena Núñez lost her health coverage, she has begun limping through stinging foot pain – a symptom of the diabetes that killed her father, debilitates her sister, and is found disproportionately among Latinos.

Health reform timeline

The federal Affordable Care Act, major health reform legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in March 2010, will be rolled out over the next three years to increase access to medical care.  

Invisible electorate? Reform impact on Latinos goes unnoticed

Latino voters were never as important to Democratic Congressman Jim Costa as they were in November -- when they enabled him to survive a drumbeat of Republican electoral victories across the United States.

Politico features Latino health reform story

National news site Politico published senior writer John Gonzales' story on how the 48 million Latino residents of the U.S. have a great deal to gain from the federal health reform law. Read "Reform holds huge gains for Latinos."

Who Qualifies

Latinos are by far the largest single group affected by health reform in California – even after subtracting undocumented immigrants who are excluded from all major provisions of reform and a segment of legal permanent residents who may be excluded...


John Gonzales

John Gonzales

Senior writer John Gonzales specializes in the demographics of health policy. He was most recently based in New Orleans as Southern Regional Correspondent for the Associated Press. He covered efforts to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, as well as immigration and the shifting demographics of The South. Gonzales previously was Hispanic Affairs reporter at Newsday -- a beat that took him from New York's emerging Mexican neighborhoods, to the U.S. border region, to rural Mexican towns. His "Texas Smuggling" articles won the National Association of Hispanic Journalists best breaking news award in 2004. He was also awarded The Freedom Forum’s North American Journalist Exchange fellowship in 2001. Gonzales spent the early part of his 15-year journalism career on the staffs of The Daily Breeze and the Gardena Valley News. He is a USC Annenberg graduate, with honors, and a dual major in political science. He is also a Spanish speaker and graduate of the Los Angeles Times Minority Editorial Training Program, or METPro.

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