Hispanics slower to get enrolled as health care deadline nears

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The deadline to start signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare is March 31.

The Hispanic and Latino population in the U.S. now tops 53 million people. Nearly a third of that population under the age of 65 do not have insurance.

AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) - The deadline to start signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare is March 31.

As the cutoff date nears, there is a big push targeting Latinos who don’t yet have coverage.

The Hispanic and Latino population in the U.S. now tops 53 million people. Nearly a third of that population under the age of 65 do not have insurance. That was why Thursday’s push to get Latinos to sign up was so critical.

Christian Cruz, 20, was signing up for health insurance for the first time Thursday. He admits it’ll be hard to break old habits.

He was one of dozens of people signing up for government mandated health coverage during a 36-hour Enroll-A-Thon in Southeast Austin targeted at Hispanics.

Even with the new mandate, most people here admit the benefits of having health insurance outweigh the cost.

Texas has one of the worst rates when it comes to people buying insurance. As of March 1, only 38 percent of people eligible to enroll had selected an insurance plan.

Compared to other states, Texas ranked 42nd, meaning 41 other states had a higher percentage of people signed up for insurance.


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