The Affordable Care Act and Latinos. Expanded Insurance Coverage


Estimates from the RAND COMPARE microsimulation model suggest that 5.4 million Latinos who would otherwise be uninsured will gain coverage by 2016 under the Affordable Care Act.6  The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid coverage to include Americans with family incomes at or below 133 percent of federal poverty guidelines (currently $30,657 for a family of four); the expansion includes adults without dependent children living at home, who have not previously been eligible in most states.7  Individuals with higher incomes (up to 400 percent of federal poverty guidelines, currently $92,200 for a family of four) will be eligible to purchase subsidized coverage from the new Affordable Insurance Exchanges.8

Young adults (ages 19-25) are already being covered under their parents’ employer-sponsored or individually purchased health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act.9  In the first nine months after this provision took effect (October 2010 to June 2011), the number of young adults in this age group with health insurance increased by 8.3 percent.10  An estimated 736,000 Latino young adults now have health insurance coverage because of this provision (Table 1).11

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