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Enrolling Latinos For Health Insurance A Major Priority


Photo: Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune

Photo: Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune

Bill Sarno

As Access Health CT’s 2014-15 enrollment for the Affordable Care Act gets under way one of the major challenges is to sign up more people, particularly Latinos, despite having less time for outreach than during the program’s initial rollout.

However, Access Health CT, which is the state’s health insurance exchange, is getting a big boost in its three-month drive to close a significant health coverage gap between Hispanics and the general population from a partnership of the Hispanic Federation, AARP and Latino Community Services.

Each partner brings resources and strong community bonds to the table. In addition, the Federation and AARP participated in last year’s multi-state Latino Affordable Care Act Education Campaign.

It is this “breadth of engagement” that is the strength of this alliance, said Ingrid Alvarez, Hispanic Federation’s Connecticut state director, in a press release announcing the partnership’s role.…

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Foundation Works to Engage Diverse Groups In Improving Health System

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The Connecticut Health Foundation’s (CT Health) board of directors recently awarded $350,000 to four nonprofit organizations throughout the state to increase the diversity of consumers participating in health reform implementation and advocacy.

“The foundation recognizes that historically, health policy decisions have not always been influenced by those most affected by inadequate health care, particularly people of color,” says Patricia Baker, president and CEO of CT Health. “But today, funders, state officials, and advocates committed to health equity recognize the need for including people of color in reforming the health care system.”

“These grants demonstrate how seriously CT Health takes issues of equity, inclusion and fairness,” Baker said.

Led by executives and/or boards of color, the organizations selected to receive grants under CT Health’s one-year initiative, Diverse Advocacy and Consumer Engagement in Health Reform, bring a unique set of skills, community relationships, and knowledge of the needs and preferences of …

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