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 Blogs About Resolving to Get Covered in 2015

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza blogged about the benefits of signing up for health coverage in 2015. The blog encourages people to resolve to get covered to meet their health and financial goals. 

  • NCLR Highlights What Immigrant Families Should Know about ACA Enrollment

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza blogged about five things that immigrant and mixed-status families should know about ACA enrollment. The blog reinforces that immigration information provided on the enrollment application will not be used for immigration enforcement purposes and points readers to where they can access in-person assistance before the February 15th deadline to sign up for coverage.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.” 

  • 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.
  • NCLR Held Discussions on SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

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    NCLR  hosted discussions on the Supreme Court ruling on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter using the following hash tags: (1) #HCRDecision; (2) #SCOTUS; and (3) #NCLR.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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