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Latino Enrollment In Healthcare.gov Is Still Low

News outlets examine the problem, especially important in California.

Los Angeles Times: California Health Insurance Exchange Struggling To Enroll Latinos
For all its success enrolling tens of thousands in health insurance, California is struggling to translate Obamacare into Spanish. The state's enrollment so far among Latinos is anemic — even though they represent more than half of California's 7 million uninsured residents. Only 5% of enrollees, or fewer than 4,500 people, in the first two months of enrollment are primarily Spanish speakers, new data show (Terhune and Brown, 12/13).

The Washington Post: Health Insurance Enrollment By Hispanics Is Lagging In California
Hispanics are a linchpin of the health-care law because they constitute more than a third of the estimated 29 million people who are eligible to buy coverage on the online insurance exchanges. The population skews young, making Latinos an important demographic for the Obama administration, which is seeking to keep premiums low by coaxing healthy people to join the insurance pools (Somashekhar, 12/14).

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