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A Historic Opportunity to Improve Latino Health

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 has been the nation’s most transformative health care law in recent history. It allows Hispanics a great opportunity to obtain affordable and quality health coverage. The ACA developed new health insurance marketplaces established by the State or by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) with a simplified enrollment process and open enrollment period during the winter each year. The NHLA has various recommendations for improving the ACA, based on community feedback.

As health care transformation continues, there is an increasing focus on targeted populations for health care providers to set goals and measures, track their progress, and identify how these goals connect to the whole population. NHLA has recommendations to specifically improve health outcomes for children, youth, women, seniors, young parents, and LGBTQ Latinos.

NHLA also has recommendations to address the serious shortage of Latino health professionals, through increased recruitment into health professions, public-private partnerships, and leadership development.