The ACA Left Behind One Low-Income Group: Latinos, Report Finds

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The number of Hispanics who said they couldn’t afford to see a doctor rose by 3 percent following the expansion of Medicaid, while whites and blacks were 4 percent and 8 percent less likely to report this problem, respectively, the researchers found. Photo Credit: Thinkstock

The expansion of the federal low-income health program to cover more people hasn’t benefited Latinos as much as other racial and ethnic groups, according to a recent report by UCLA researchers.

The Affordable Care Act expanded the program, called Medicaid, and it has allowed millions of previously uninsured people to qualify for government-funded health care. Thirty-two states, including California, and the District of Columbia have implemented the expansion.

In California, where Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal, almost 4 million people gained coverage after the program’s expansion in 2014.