Latino Health at Risk: What the American Health Care Act Would Mean
Access to quality health coverage and care is essential to living a healthy life. The Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare), has helped provide coverage to 20 million Americans, including 6 million Latinos since implementation of the law in 2013. These gains have been especially important to the Latino community. The uninsured rate for Latino adults under age 65 has declined by over 40 percent—from 43.2 percent in 2010 to 24.5 percent in 2016—the largest decline of any demographic group.
This historic progress is now under attack. In early May 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that aims to repeal and replace the ACA, and to cut and restructure the Medicaid program. While these cuts would have a significant effect nationally, it is worthwhile to examine their impact on Latinos.
See our fact sheets for details about how Latinos in four states would be affected: