Recent official data show that Obamacare is highly effective at least in one population segment – young adult Latinos. A recent report revealed that 28.3 percent of the ethnic group were uninsured in the first quarter of the year.
While the number may not impress many, situation may change if we take into account that a National Center for Health Statistics’ report suggests that a couple of years ago that number was around 40.6 percent.
Plus, Obamacare reports show that by March at least 90 percent of the U.S. adult population was insured, which may point out that the numbers have improved for Latino community, as well. Hispanics are among the poorest and most uninsured ethnic group of the nation, most studies reveal.
A notable finding of a recent Gallup Poll is that Medicaid was highly effective in raising health insurance rates in the first couple of years since its enactment and it also boosted health care service use and diabetes screening rates. Additionally, it is also associated with a slip in depression rates.
Gallup Poll investigators also learned that the numbers of the uninsured under Medicaid were reduced quicker in states that decided to run their own health insurance exchanges or rely on various types of partnerships than in the states that ran the program through healthcare.gov
Researchers also found that in states that opened their own exchanges but also relied on partnerships the uninsured rate dropped 7.1 percent by January 1, 2015. In states that opted for only one or none of the measures the uninsured rate was lower by 5.3 percent during the same period.
But let’s return to the Latino group. Why are them so important for Obamacare? First they are the most uninsured group. Plus they are usually young adults, which is also a group targeted by Obamacare. It is estimated that young adults account for 35 percent of the second wave of enrolleees.
Latinos are believed to make up for 18 percent of the population and about 15.5 million were uninsured before the presidential health care overhaul. Plus, most of them are both young and healthy, which is an ideal combination needed by Obamacare strategists to offset health care costs triggered by the elderly and chronically ill.
By mid-January, official data showed that the number of the insured Latinos rose to 10 percent of enrollees on federally-run exchanges from 7 percent in just one year. But the percent may be even higher since one-third of the people applying for a health insurance plan refused to provide info on their ethnicity.
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