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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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 Publishes Report on Hispanic Americans’ Health

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza published a report on chronic disease and health care among Hispanics in the United States. The report highlights Hispanic Americans’ rates of chronic disease; barriers to and motivators of chronic disease prevention and management; and roles for health care providers and community resources in management of chronic diseases.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.   

  • 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!”
  • Call to Action! NCLR Announces Story Campaign on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: In response to the introduction of a proposed immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate, the National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting the submission of stories about why individuals and communities want immigration reform to pass this year.

     

  • Call to Action! NCLR Announces Story Campaign on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: In response to the introduction of a proposed immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate, the National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting the submission of stories about why individuals and communities want immigration reform to pass this year.

     

  • NCLR's Ng’andu Talks Immigrant Coverage in the ACA

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    NCLR: Jennifer Ng’andu, NCLR’s director of health and civil rights policy and projects, was quoted in a Politico Pro article (available through private subscription only) in response to President Obama’s immigration proposal which determined that individuals with provisional legal status would not be eligible for coverage under the ACA. (A huge congratulations to Jennifer for receiving Families USA's Advocate of the Year Award!)
  • 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.

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