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!

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  • NCLR Hosts Federal Advocacy Days

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    NCLR: On March 4th and 5th, The National Council of La Raza hosted National Latino Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. The event brought together hundreds of leaders from Latino nonprofits and civic organizations across the country to advocate on Capitol Hill. The issue agenda included a push to secure funding for CHIP.

  • NCLR Holds Enrollment Event in Miami

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), in partnership with Hispanic Unity of Florida and the National Hispanic Council on Aging, held a free event offering Miami residents information and enrollment resources. Steven Lopez, manager for the NCLR Health Policy Project, stated, “[g]iven the large number of Latinos who lack health insurance and the need to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate in-person assistance, enrollment events like this one are helping to make a difference in families’ lives.”

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to President’s Budget

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    CDF, MomsRising, NCLR, YI: Children’s Defense Fund issued a press release about President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal. The press release discusses a number of proposed expanded investments that would benefit children and families, including four additional years of funding for CHIP. Other KidsWell partners also weighed in on the President’s budget: MomsRising blogged about the budget, Young Invincibles published a fact sheet, and National Council of La Raza issued a press release.


  • KidsWell Partners Publish Report on Uninsured Hispanic Children

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    CCF, NCLR: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza released a report showing the percentage of uninsured Hispanic children has steadily declined over the past five years. According to the report, 590,000 more Hispanic kids had coverage in 2013 than 2009, but more than 2 million remain uninsured. The report recommends: making the outreach and enrollment process available in high-quality Spanish; clarifying that families can apply for health coverage for their children regardless of their immigration status and without fear of retribution; and providing community-based enrollment assistance.

  • NCLR Poll Reveals Health as Top Priority for Hispanic Floridians

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza commissioned a poll related to the Florida gubernatorial race.  The poll  revealed that health care was a top priority for Hispanic Floridians. The poll found that nearly 80% of Latino voters believe the State should expand Medicaid and 69% believe the Governor should use his authority to expand Medicaid if the legislature fails to do so on its own.

  • Houston Chronic Op-Ed on Coverage Cites NCLR Issue Brief

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    NCLR: A National Council of La Raza issue brief highlighting the coverage gap in Texas was cited in a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed. Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia authored the piece advocating for expanded access to care for Texans.

  • NCLR Comments on Drop in Rate of Uninsured Latinos

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a press release on U.S. Census Bureau data which shows a slight decrease in the uninsured rate among Latinos  from 15.6 million in 2012 to 15.3 million in 2013. Texas, Florida, and Nevada claim the three highest uninsured rates in the country.

  • KidsWell Partners Urge Texas Lawmakers to Promote ACA Coverage Options

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    NCLR, YI, TX: KidsWell grantees National Council of La Raza,  Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities wrote a letter to Texas State Representatives and Senators promoting health coverage options available to their constituents under the ACA. The letter, co- signed by 19 national and local advocacy organizations, provides key talking points that legislators may share with constituents as 2015 open enrollment approaches.

  • NLCR Releases Statement and Issue Brief on the Coverage Gap in Texas

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) released a statement about their report on the impact of not expanding Medicaid in Texas. According to the report, which focuses on the impact to Latinos, nearly 600,000 Hispanics in Texas would have been eligible for Medicaid if Texas decided to expand eligibility. Leticia de la Vara, senior strategist for NCLR stated, “Despite broad public support and the clear economic benefits of Medicaid expansion—including an estimated boost in the state’s economic output by $67.9 billion during fiscal years 2014–2017 and generating an additional 231,000 jobs in Texas by 2016—the state of Texas has chosen to reject federal funding to expand the program and has yet to bring forth a viable alternative to bridge the coverage gap.”

  • NCLR To Host Annual Conference in July

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza will host its annual conference in Los Angeles, California from July 19-22, 2014. Registration is available now.
  • NCLR & KidsWell FL Advocate for Expanded Health Coverage at Florida’s Children’s Week

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    NCLR & FL: From April 6-11, 2014, KidsWell FL participated in Children’s Week, an annual event held in Tallahassee, to advocate for Medicaid expansion and health coverage for legally residing immigrant children.  Leah Barbara-Heinz, chief executive officer of Florida CHAIN, was interviewed by Tallahassee.com about the importance of these legislative initiatives.  The National Council of La Raza also partnered with Redlands Christian Migrant Association to engage young Latinas in legislative advocacy visits during Children’s Week.

  • KidsWell Grantees Signed Letter Expressing Support for Year-End Health Extenders Package

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    KW: Four KidsWell grantees—The Children’s Partnership, Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, and National Council of La Raza—joined other national advocates in signing a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means in support of including the following programs in any year-end health extenders package: the Qualified Individual program, the Transitional Medical Assistance program, and Express Lane Eligibility.  The letter also called for state incentive payment provisions and quality improvement funding for CHIPRA to be included.
  • 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 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. 
  • 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 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 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.

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