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Monday, September 13, 2010

Cuidado de Salud: Health reform en español

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

Imagine if one out of every three of your friends did not have access to health care coverage. Or almost half of them were not able to regularly see a primary care physician. Sadly, this is the unfortunate reality in many Latino communities.

Our health care system is difficult to navigate, but can be especially complicated for a non-native speaker. Because of these and other inequities Latinos face in the health care system, they have the highest rate of being uninsured in the nation. Without health coverage, Latinos have less access to care, which in many cases leads to worse health outcomes.

In an effort to give Latinos better access to quality, affordable health care coverage and allow them to take control of their health care choices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched The website is the partner site to, “and is the first website in Spanish to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.”

Like, will provide consumers with a one-stop-shop for all things health care related, and by breaking down the barrier of language access, Latino consumers will have a higher likelihood of navigating the health care system successfully. Individuals will be able to compare public and private insurance plans, and starting in October of 2010, the site will also include price estimates.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

Individuals, families, and small businesses will be able to easily compare both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs… will give Latinos across the nation better information about the choices they have, how much they cost, and what they can expect from their doctor—specific to their life situation and local community.

The creation of is just one of many provisions within the Affordable Care Act that works to promote health equity among all communities of color, including Latinos. To find out more about how Latinos will benefit from the new law, please see Families USA’s new piece, How Health Reform Helps Latinos.