Study: ObamaCare cut Hispanic uninsured rate

Hispanic groups saw their uninsured rates drop substantially thanks to ObamaCare's new coverage options, according to a new study.

The increase in health insurance was particularly visible among young Hispanics between the ages of 19 and 34 and non-elderly Hispanics who speak predominantly Spanish.


The uninsured rates in those groups dropped 20 percent and 19 percent, respectively, after the healthcare law's first enrollment period. The figures were reported Thursday by The Commonwealth Fund.

"The Affordable Care Act appears to be working for millions of Latinos who, as a group, have long faced the nation’s highest uninsured rates," said Michelle Doty, the report’s lead author and the Commonwealth Fund’s vice president for survey research and evaluation, in a  statement.

"These substantial improvements will mean better health and healthcare for millions of people."

Hispanics are the most likely group to be uninsured, and gains highlighted by the study counter signs that the healthcare law failed to make strong headway with Spanish speakers in its first year.

According to federal enrollment data, Hispanics accounted for 10.7 percent of people who signed up on the federal exchanges and reported their ethnicity. This was less than the number eligible for the new system.

Commonwealth reported that nearly 7 in 10 Hispanics with ObamaCare coverage were uninsured before they signed up.

At the same time, awareness of the exchanges among Hispanics who were potentially eligible to enroll still lagged behind non-Hispanic whites.

The disparity still exists: Half of potentially eligible Hispanics knew about the system earlier this summer, compared with 74 percent of non-Hispanic whites.