How could the Affordable Care Act potentially reduce any health disparities among the Latino community?

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Latinos remain more likely to be uninsured than any other ethnic group in the United States. The Affordable Care Act, however, has some specific mandates that have already increased both the number of Latinos with health insurance and the quality of the benefits many Hispanics receive. 

According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services,

Since 2013, the uninsured rate has declined ... 12.3 percentage points for Latinos, resulting in 4.2 million [Hispanic] adults gaining coverage. 

Because Hispanics are more likely to be employed in part time or seasonal jobs which do not offer health insurance, the provisions of ACA are particularly important in guaranteeing them health coverage and reducing health care disparities.

Under the provisions for expansion of Medicare, 500,000 Latinos have received increased help with prescription drugs and preventative screening. The expansion of community health centers, which serve a population over 30 percent Hispanic, has also helped reduce the disparities in Hispanic access to quality health care.

An important, but infrequently discussed part of President Obama's health care reform has been the Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities,  which includes data collection on ethnic health care disparities, and several steps towards remedying them, including increasing ethnic, cultural,  and linguistic diversity in health care services.

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