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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Ten states need Spanish language health insurance exchanges

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Ten states. 1.2 million uninsured Latinos. No website for Spanish speakers.

Demand Spanish language state health insurance exchanges

Dear Friend,

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), millions are gaining access to quality health care — but some states may leave Latinos behind.

That's because ten states with more than 1.2 million eligible uninsured Latinos have failed to roll out Spanish language versions of the websites that allow people to make informed decisions about and purchase health insurance.1

Thousands of Latinos depend on getting their primary medical information in Spanish — with no Spanish language website, many will be excluded, exploited, and remain without coverage. Please join us in demanding that these states' governors immediately implement Spanish language Obamacare enrollment websites.

The rollout of Obamacare has been criticized for glitches and bugs on the federal health insurance exchange website, and some of this criticism is deserved — because health insurance is a mandatory purchase, people should be able to access the means to research and purchase it.

But the Latino residents of 9 states — Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington — and the District of Columbia may not have this access.

Not having Spanish language exchanges means that many Latinos who have greater reading proficiency in Spanish than English could be prevented from making informed decisions about their health insurance options. And while some of these states offer telephone enrollment, they don't all have Spanish speaking operators readily available.

This needs to be remedied quickly. Never before have so many Latinos been given access to quality health care. For many families, this would bring relief and assurance that an accident or health problems won't bankrupt them. But it will only work if they are able to navigate the new system.

If enough of us speak out, we will be able to drum up media coverage that will shame the governors of these states into action. Join us in asking the governors of these states to immediately start Spanish language health insurance exchange websites.

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Arturo, Roberto, Jesús, Erick, Erica and the rest of the Presente.org Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

1. Millions of Uninsured Latinos Live in States Without Spanish Obamacare Sites." National Journal, Oct. 23, 2013.