News Release

As the Number of Uninsured Climbs, Open Enrollment for ACA Begins

UnidosUS Kicks Off Outreach and Awareness Campaign

October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—The number of uninsured Americans has continued to rise under the Trump administration’s watch. Last year marked the first increase in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade. According to UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, this figure has largely increased because of the administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a law that has widely benefited the Latino community.

Since 2013, the ACA has provided 20 million Americans, including four million Latino adults and 600,000 Latino children, with access to health coverage and care. However, a shorter enrollment window, drastic cuts to ACA navigator funds for in-person assistance and threatening immigration enforcement policies have had a chilling effect among many who are eligible to enroll. In 2017, it was reported that 17.8 percent of the Latino population was uninsured compared to 5.9 percent for non-Hispanic Whites.

“More than four million Latinos have health coverage for the first time thanks to the ACA, yet the many obstacles imposed by this Administration is reversing the historic progress we have made. So, we are ramping up our efforts this enrollment season to make sure that every eligible member of our community has the opportunity to get the coverage they need,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

As open enrollment begins, UnidosUS is launching a bilingual campaign to educate the community about the importance of health coverage and the resources available to enroll, including next week’s kick-off with a Latino Week of Action, November 4-8. UnidosUS will have a flurry of digital activity to raise awareness on key issues, including enrollment deadlines, ways to enroll and the availability of financial help.

The 2020 Open Enrollment period will run from November 1, 2019 through December 15, 2019.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
news@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732