July 22—Of the nearly 16 million uninsured Hispanics in the United States, nearly 60 percent may be eligible for healthcare coverage through Medicaid expansion, but health clinics and community organizations face unique barriers in enrolling Hispanics in Medicaid, according to a report by the National Council of La Raza. 

The report details the challenges of and potential barriers to enrolling Hispanics in Medicaid, based on a survey of Hispanic health clinics and community organizations. 

The report indicates that five states—Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas—have large uninsured Hispanic populations, accounting for at least 50 percent of the low-income uninsured population in those states. 

According to the survey, some of the barriers Hispanic health clinics and community organizations face in enrolling Hispanics in Medicaid include:

  • The complexity of the enrollment process
  • Lack of information about rules and regulations from the state
  • Inadequate documentation on eligible patients
  • Insufficient training for enrollment staff
  • Inadequate funding for outreach efforts

Publication Date: Monday, July 22, 2013