National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. In collaboration with these organizations, NCLR works to advance policies that provide all children, especially Latino children, with affordable, quality health insurance. See below for more information about NCLR’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • Webinar Alert! NCLR Held Webinar on What the ACA Means for the Latino Community

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    NCLR: Jennifer Ng’andu, Director of Health and Civil Rights Policy Projects for National Council of La Raza (NCLR), held a webinar about ACA provisions that extend coverage to Latinos and immigrants. The webinar reviewed eligibility rules, how communities can overcome enrollment barriers, and key deadlines during open enrollment.   

  • Got Questions About the ACA? Get Answers from NCLR!

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) launched a question and answer campaign on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and its website to answer individuals’ questions answered about the Affordable Care Act. Use hash tag #AskAboutACA when submitting your questions!

     

  • NCLR Held 2013 Health Summit in New Orleans

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) held the 2013 NCLR Health Summit on July 18-19th, a prelude to the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference.  Sessions at the summit focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which included discussions on: how NCLR health affiliates and partners are preparing for ACA-related changes, how the ACA will affect immigrants and undocumented Latinos, advocacy strategies for undocumented populations and influencing policy, and lessons learned from states on implementing the ACA. 

  • NCLR Presented on ACA and Immigration Reform at the 8th Summer Institute on Migration and Reform

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    NCLR: In June 2013, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) was a featured presenter at the 8th Summer Institute on Migration and Reform.  The presentation focused on current healthcare coverage options for immigrants, a status update on states’ efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the status of the national immigration debate, and outreach and education efforts to continue to work for immigrants’ access to coverage.  

  • NCLR Quoted on the Benefits of the ACA for the Latino Community

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    NCLR: Jennifer Ng’andu, Director of Health and Civil Rights Policy at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), was quoted in a National Public Radio (NPR) story about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) outreach efforts to Latinos on the benefits of the ACA. Ng’andu notes that, due to the congressional health care debates in 2009 and 2010 including discussions about how to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving the benefits of health care reform, HHS and advocacy organizations will need to work hard educating legally present Latinos on their rights to receive services under the ACA. “The takeaway often was that there isn’t really anything in the Affordable Care Act for the Latino community,” said Ng’andu. “Many people forgot to talk about the fact that there are a broad set of Latinos who are lawfully present and who will gain the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.” 

  • Action Alert! NCLR Issues Call to Action on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting that individuals contact their federal senators and urge them to “keep the momentum for immigration reform going!”
  • Call to Action! NCLR Announces Story Campaign on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: In response to the introduction of a proposed immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate, the National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting the submission of stories about why individuals and communities want immigration reform to pass this year.

     

  • Call to Action! NCLR Announces Story Campaign on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: In response to the introduction of a proposed immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate, the National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting the submission of stories about why individuals and communities want immigration reform to pass this year.

     

  • NCLR Testifies to Senate Committee on Immigrants' Access to Care

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    NCLR: Jennifer N’andu, Director of Heath and Civil Rights Policy Projects for the National Council of La Raza, submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on how immigration reform should address the needs of women and families. As part of her testimony, Ms. N’andu argued for enhancing the employer-based health care system and private insurance market to ensure that immigrants have access to coverage and wellness plans.
  • NCLR's Ng’andu Talks Immigrant Coverage in the ACA

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    NCLR: Jennifer Ng’andu, NCLR’s director of health and civil rights policy and projects, was quoted in a Politico Pro article (available through private subscription only) in response to President Obama’s immigration proposal which determined that individuals with provisional legal status would not be eligible for coverage under the ACA. (A huge congratulations to Jennifer for receiving Families USA's Advocate of the Year Award!)
  • NCLR Issued Press Release on Federal Budget Debate and Published a Blog Post on the Negative Impact of Medicaid Budget Cuts

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a press release highlighting a press briefing with Janet Marguia, President and CEO of NCLR, Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Jason Furman, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, and Julie Rodriguez, Associate Director of Latino Affairs and Immigration of the White House Office of Public Engagement, to discuss how to address the federal budget “with a balanced approach that protects vital programs for Latinos, which could be potentially gutted by automatic cuts.” Jennifer Ng’andu, director of health and civil rights policy projects with NCLR, published a blog post on the Huffington Post on how cuts to Medicaid are being discussed as “short term fixes” without considering the individuals who will be affected by the cuts. NCLR also issued a call to action urging individuals to send a letter to Congress telling them to vote “NO on Plan B”, which would eliminate tax credits for working families.
  • An NCLR Affiliate Hosted a Summit with Officials and Health Care Advocates to Discuss the Future of Latino Health and the ACA

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    NCLR: An affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, La Fe Research and Policy Center, will be holding summit on December 13 & 14 2012 with community, elected officials and health care advocates to discuss the Future of Latino Health and the ACA.
  • NCLR Sponsored Latino Health Policy Briefing at the White House and Sent Comments to HHS Requesting the Withdrawal of the Amendment Restricting DACA Eligible Youth from Coverage

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    NCLR: The National Counil of La Raza sponsored a Latino Health Policy Briefing at the White House which featured over 45 attendees and included Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary, Jim Esquea, HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation, and Liz Fowler, Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.  NCLR also sent comments to HHS requesting to retract the amendment to the interim final rule that would restrict up to 1.4 million eligible DACA youth from coverage and were quoted in various articles regarding their stance on the rule.
  • NCLR Released an Interactive Tool on Latino Children's Well Being

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza released an interactive tool - Latino Kids Data Explorer – that provides data on Latino child well-being indicators on a national and state-level. 
  • NCLR Launched a Webpage to Assist with Voter Registration

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    NCLR: NCLR launched a webpage to assist individuals with voter registration through a service provided by Ya Es Hora Coalition.   
  • NCLR was Featured in the New York and Washington Times Discussing the White House's Rule on Young Immigrants' Eligibiligy for Coverage Under the ACA

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    NCLR: Jennifer M. Ng’andu, a Health Policy Specialist at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), was featured in the New York Times and The Washington Times discussing the White House’s ruling that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States, as part of a new federal policy, will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under the ACA.
  • National and Florida KidsWell Partners Held a Health Reform Town Hall with HHS Officials

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    NCLR & FL: NCLR, Florida CHAIN, Families USA, SEIU, and MI Lola held a health reform town hall featuring health care officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who explained the myths and realities behind health care reform.
  • NCLR was Quoted in an Article Highlighting How the ACA May Affect Undocumented Immigrants

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    NCLR: Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Health Policy Director for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), was quoted in an article highlighting how the ACA may affect undocumented immigrants.
  • NCLR Hosted Annual Conference and Inaugural Health Summit

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    NCLR: The National Counsel of La Raza (NCLR) held its annual conference 2012 NCLR Annual Conference.  The conference included over 50 workshops, four town halls, an awards gala, and more.  Immediately preceding the conference on, NCLR hosted its Inaugural Health Summit focusing on policy and programmatic guidance on health care reform.
  • NCLR Held Discussions on SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

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    NCLR  hosted discussions on the Supreme Court ruling on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter using the following hash tags: (1) #HCRDecision; (2) #SCOTUS; and (3) #NCLR.

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