UnidosUS Launches Initiative to Educate Latinos on Open Enrollment

More than 11 Million Latinos Remain Uninsured  

Washington, DC— UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, is educating the more than 11 million uninsured Latinos  about Open Enrollment before its deadline on  January 15, 2023. Health care is a top concern for many Latinos, and thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 4 million Latino adults and 600,000 children have gained access to affordable, quality health coverage.  

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) puts affordable health coverage within reach for even more Latinos by extending financial assistance for those purchasing coverage on the ACA Marketplace.  

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“Latinos make up around one-third of the overall uninsured, but with the expansion of financial assistance from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) more people than ever before are now eligible for low-cost or free premium insurance,” said Jeanette Contreras, Project Director of the Health Equity Campaigns Project at UnidosUS. “This change is significant, and we are committed to educating the Latino community on how they can enroll in coverage before the deadline.” 

About 70% of Latinos work in an essential sector, and more than 50% of Latino workers do not have paid sick leave on the job. Between the loss of coverage before 2020 and the disproportionate toll of the pandemic on the health and finances of Latinos, the Latino community is especially vulnerable. It is more important than ever that Latinos take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities to enroll in affordable coverage during Open Enrollment.  

For more information, visit the UnidosUS bilingual Open Enrollment page, visit healthcare.gov or cuidadodesalud.gov to find out if you are eligible or in-person or virtually by finding local help at localhelp.healthcare.gov  or ayudalocal.cuidadodesalud.gov