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!

  • NCLR Announced Text Message Alerts for ACA Updates

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    NCLR announced a text message alert system to provide individuals with updates on the analysis of the decision and how it will affect individuals and families. NCLR notes that the decision is a big win for Latino Health, now that millions of uninsured Hispanics will receive access to coverage.
  • NCLR Released Factsheet on ACA Benefits to Hispanics

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    In advance of the Supreme Court ruling, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) circulated a factsheet highlighting the benefits Hispanics stand to receive under the ACA including: (1) currently one in three uninsured individuals in the U.S. is Hispanic (16 million total); (2) under the ACA six million Latinos would gain coverage (3.1 million covered by Medicaid/CHIP, 1.5 million covered by employer sponsored benefits, and 1.4 million covered by private “nongroup” plans); and (3) under the ACA Latinos would have the greatest increase in insurance coverage by ethnicity group (18.2%). NCLR plans to develop and circulate additional materials and communications including one focused on children and families.
  • NCLR Held Inaugural Health Summit

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    Immediately preceding the conference on July 5th and 6th, NCLR will host its inaugural Health Summit focusing on policy and programmatic guidance on health care reform. Key issues that will be highlighted during the summit include: (1) protecting Medicaid; (2) meeting the needs for individuals who are under- or uninsured; and (3) prevention and public health efforts resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More information on the summit is available here.
  • NCLR Held Annual Conference

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    The National Counsel of La Raza (NCLR) will hold its 2012 NCLR Annual Conference July 7th -10th and will include over 50 workshops, four town halls, an awards gala, and more.  The National Latino Family Expo will take place concurrently with the Conference and is open to the community, offering education experiences for all household members. Registration is available here
  • National KidsWell Partners Showed ACA Support via Twitter Storm

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    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) partnered with Families USA, MomsRising, and Young Invincibles to conduct a “Twitter storm” to show support of the ACA before the Supreme Court heard three days of oral arguments challenging the law.
  • NCLR Newsletter Highlighted ACA's Benefits for Latino Young Adults

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    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a newsletter highlighting the fact that 750,000 young Latino adults have benefitted from the ACA's dependent coverage provision.
  • NCLR Published a Brief on the Negative Impact Proposed Medicare Cuts Could Have on Latinos

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    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.
  • NCLR Filed Amicus Brief Supporting Medicaid Expansion

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    National Council of La Raza and First Focus, in addition to a number of other health care reform advocates, filed an amicus brief to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the Medicaid expansion provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case in March.
  • NCLR Blogged about Potential Negative Impact of Proposed Premium Tax Credit Rules on Latinos

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    NCLR published a blog post on the difficulties Latinos would face in obtaining coverage as a result of the proposed rules around the availability of premium tax credits.  NCLR believes the proposed rules would make employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) unaffordable for millions of Americans, and working Latino families in particular, because the ACA does not clearly state whether an individual or family plan would be used as the benchmark for affordability.  Considering the ACA bars an employee from the Exchange if offered an “affordable” ESI plan, this lack of clarity represents a significant pitfall in the law.
  • NCLR Published Comments on Proposed Regulations Promulgated Under ACA

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    NCLR published a blog entry with comments they submitted with respect to a variety of proposed regulations promulgated under the ACA, including standards for the establishment, functioning, and approval of Exchanges, as well as the availability of premium tax credits, the Basic Health Program and the Medicaid expansion.

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