Obamacare Hispanic Numbers Lower Than Expected

Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:47 PM

By Jason Devaney

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New data shows fewer Hispanics signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act than the Obama administration had hoped.

According to numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services,  7.4 percent of people who signed up for plans on the 36 federal-run exchanges before the April 19 deadline identified themselves as Latino. The number of Latinos eligible for Obamacare plans before enrollment began was 14.5 percent of the total amount.

Thirty-one percent of sign-ups on those exchanges did not select a race or selected "other," so the actual number of Latinos covered under Obamacare could be slightly higher.

The Health and Human Services report also did not include data from the 15 state-run exchanges or anyone who got coverage through Medicaid.

Another key takeaway from the numbers released Thursday is that 2.2 million people in the highly-coveted 18-34 age bracket signed up for plans. That amounts to 28 percent of the overall number.

More than 8 million people signed up for Obamacare plans from Oct. 1 and April 19, according to the release. Of the enrollees who did select their race, the breakdown is as follows: 62.9 percent white, 16.7 percent African-American, 10.7 percent Latino, 7.9 per-cent Asian, 1.3 percent multiracial, 0.3 percent American Indian/Native Alaskan, and 0.1 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

California has a big Hispanic population and was expected to account for a large number of the overall sign-ups in that ethnic group. The state had a slow start but rebounded, according to Covered California,  and made up an estimated 28 percent of the state's sign-ups.

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