Health Reform and Hispanics
“The U.S. House of Representatives showed they have heard the voice of America’s families by passing the Affordable Health Care for America Act,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. “Now the Senate must deliver, without delay, on the promise of meaningful health care reform.”
According to Dr. Delgado, one in three Hispanics (34%) are uninsured and the economic crisis is increasing the number of families that must go without insurance. “America’s families facing strained household budgets cannot wait another year for the peace of mind brought by access to quality health care,” commented Dr. Delgado after the recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on health care reform.
“It was forty-four years ago that the first recipients enrolled in Medicare,” notes Dr. Delgado. “Now is the time to get the rest of the job done on health care access and quality for America’s families. The entire Alliance network is committed to working with Congress and the President to enact meaningful health reform in 2009.”
The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the U.S. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million people each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families.