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!

Medicaid Expansion

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  • 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.

  • 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 & 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 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.

  • NCLR Testifies to Senate Committee on Immigrants' Access to Care

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    NCLR: Jennifer N’andu, Director of Heath and Civil Rights Policy Projects for the National Council of La Raza, submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on how immigration reform should address the needs of women and families. As part of her testimony, Ms. N’andu argued for enhancing the employer-based health care system and private insurance market to ensure that immigrants have access to coverage and wellness plans.
  • NCLR Filed Amicus Brief Supporting Medicaid Expansion

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    National Council of La Raza and First Focus, in addition to a number of other health care reform advocates, filed an amicus brief to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the Medicaid expansion provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case in March.
  • 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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