NCLR authored a brief
, The Role of Medicare in Hispanics’ Health Coverage, on how proposed changes to Medicare could negatively impact vulnerable Latinos. Specifically, the proposed cuts would hurt: (1) the estimated 600,000 disabled and seriously ill children covered by the program, more than two-fifths (43%) of whom are Latino; (2) the nearly 40% of Latino Medicare enrollees who have supplemental coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan; and (3) Latino “dual-eligibles,” as more than one-quarter (26%) of Hispanic Medicare enrollees are also covered by Medicaid. The brief concludes that the proposed changes do not account for the crucial role Medicare plays in the Hispanic community’s access to health insurance, particularly the most vulnerable Latino seniors, children, and persons with disabilities. NCLR also issued a press release
and blog post on the topic.