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 Holds Tele-Town Hall Enrollment Event

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza held a tele-town hall on February 10th to encourage people to sign up for health coverage prior to the end of the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The town hall speakers emphasized that financial assistance and in-person help were available across the country.

  • 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.”

  • NCLR To Host Annual Conference in Kansas City

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza will hold its annual conference in Kansas City. The conference will run from July 11 to July 14, 2015. Registration is available now.

  • NLCR Emphasizes Need for Effective Latino Outreach

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    NLCR: The National Council of La Raza issued a press release after it held a briefing to address the opportunities and challenges facing Latinos as they enroll in or renew health coverage under the ACA. The press release recommends that marketplaces make greater use of bilingual materials, increase the availability of navigators, and conduct extensive community outreach to improve Latino enrollment.

  • 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 Co-Hosts Conference to Promote Peer Support to Improve Health Care

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Peers for Progress co-hosted a conference  to promote the use of peer support in chronic disease prevention and management to improve health outcomes. A. Manuela McDonough, an associate director for NCLR’s Hispanic Health program, stated, “It is clear that peer support programs can make a difference in health outcomes, as we have seen with outreach in the Latino community.”
  • 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.
  • Register for NLCR’s 2014 Annual Conference!

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza will host its annual conference in Los Angeles from July 19-22, 2014. Registration is available now.

  • 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!”
  • 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.
  • 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.   
  • 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.

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