Low Income Latinos are more likely to be Uninsured in L.A. County
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the number of adults without health insurance in the Los Angeles County has dipped below one million. In 2011, there were 1.7 million adults in the Los Angeles County that were uninsured and in 2015 that dropped to 750 million adults without insurance. This decline was seen in all ethnic and racial groups, all age groups, all geographic areas of the county, and in men and woman. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county public health agency, stated:
These statistics represent great news for the county. We know that having health insurance coverage is an essential step in ensuring people get the medical care they need, including access to preventive services.
Despite this decline in people without insurance, there were some disparities that have persisted in the county. Of the uninsured, 17.3 percent were adult Latinos, which was higher than other ethnic and racial groups. Only 7.3 percent of adult Asians were uninsured, only 6.4 percent of adult whites were uninsured, and 6.1 percent of African American adults were uninsured. Among the 17.3 percent of adult Latinos that were uninsured, a high amount was below the federal poverty line. Advocates for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) argue that this report is proof that benefits should be extended for the ACA.
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