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 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 Comments on Drop in Rate of Uninsured Latinos

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a press release on U.S. Census Bureau data which shows a slight decrease in the uninsured rate among Latinos  from 15.6 million in 2012 to 15.3 million in 2013. Texas, Florida, and Nevada claim the three highest uninsured rates in the country.

  • 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 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 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 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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