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Benefits of ACA
What benefits of ACA are good for Latinos?

The  Affordable Care Act makes significant advances for Latino health coverage, quality of care, and access to health care services. It will take several steps to improve health insurance coverage among Latinos, including:

  • Expanding health coverage to as many people as possible and providing financial assistance to help those with lower incomes purchase coverage.
    • Insurance plans will be required to offer 100% coverage of approved preventive services such as immunizations, cancer screenings, and diabetes testing.

    • Latinos currently without health insurance will be able to purchase coverage through health insurance exchanges based on income.

    • Small businesses will receive help with costs related to health insurance coverage, while larger employers will face new incentives for providing coverage, increasing the number of Latinos receiving coverage through their employment

  •  Improving access to primary care and “medical homes” to ensure a regular source of care and care coordination.
    • The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will develop and expand the medical home model for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Medical homes—health care settings that provide patients with timely, well-organized care and enhanced access to providers—are associated with a reduction in health care disparities for adults and better access to preventive services.

    • The new health reform law also provides funding for a home visit program to at-risk families with young children, based on the Nurse-Family Partnership program. This nurse home-visiting program improves the health, well-being, and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time mothers and their children. 

  • Expanding access to community health centers.
    • New funding will establish more community health centers to provide comprehensive, affordable care that is responsive and customized to the low-income, racial, and ethnic minority communities they serve.

    • The operation and development of school-based health clinics will provide care to children in medically underserved areas.

  • Focusing on disease prevention and better health promotion.
    • States will have new incentives to improve prevention and wellness services for Medicaid beneficiaries as well as access to new funding for innovative demonstration projects to reduce childhood obesity.
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