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 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 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.
  • 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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