Colorado Making Progress in Reducing Number of Uninsured Hispanic Children

Advocates encouraged by progress; working to continue momentum

Contact: Tara Manthey
Title: Communications Director
Phone: (720) 256-1312
Email: tara@coloradokids.org

Colorado Making Progress in Reducing Number of Uninsured Hispanic Children

Advocates encouraged by progress; working to continue momentum

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1/15/16 12:01 am ET

allkidscoveredDenver, CO – Colorado has seen a significant decline in the rate of uninsured Hispanic children in recent years, according to a new report released jointly today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the National Council of La Raza, and the All Kids Covered Coalition, a group of children’s health care advocates in Colorado.

The report, which examined the percent of uninsured children in all 50 states during the first year of the Affordable Care Act, found that Colorado’s number of uninsured Hispanic kids dropped by 26 percent between 2013 and 2014, a decrease that impacted more than 10,000 children in the state. However, the report found that Hispanic children in the state are still much more likely to be uninsured than other children; 9.6 percent of Hispanic children in Colorado are uninsured, compared to 5.6 percent of all children in the state.

“Currently, one in four children in America is Hispanic, and we estimate that by 2050, one in three U.S. workers will be Hispanic. We also know that healthier kids are more successful in school and in life,” said Sonya Schwartz, a Research Fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “That’s why it’s so important that we make sure all children, regardless of race or ethnicity, have access to health insurance that gives them a strong foundation for the future.”

The new report builds on recent findings from the Colorado Health Institute (CHI), which found that Hispanic children are overrepresented among children in the state who are eligible for assistance with health coverage (through Medicaid, CHP+ or Marketplace subsidies), but are not enrolled. In Colorado, while only about 30 percent of all children are Hispanic, 42 percent of children who are eligible for health coverage but not enrolled are Hispanic. While the vast majority of Hispanic children in Colorado are citizens, CHI also found that children who are eligible for health coverage but not enrolled are more likely to come from families in which at least one parent is an undocumented immigrant.

Children’s health care advocates applauded Colorado’s progress, but called for continued action to lower the number of uninsured Hispanic children.

“Every child in Colorado, at every income level and of every race and ethnicity, should have access to affordable health coverage and high-quality, integrated health care,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, a member of the AKC Coalition. “We’ve made great strides in covering kids, but inequities remain for Colorado’s large population of Hispanic children. It’s important that we work toward closing this gap.”

The full report, which examines uninsured rates among Hispanic children across the country, will be available here on Jan. 15.

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About Colorado Children's Campaign


All Kids Covered Colorado is a statewide, non-partisan coalition dedicated to increasing access to affordable, high quality health insurance coverage and health care services for all children in Colorado. Since 2006, All Kids Covered has worked together with elected officials, health care leaders, state and county agency staff, and community-based organizations to improve, expand and protect health insurance options for children and families in Colorado.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tara Manthey at (720) 256-1312 or email Tara at tara@coloradokids.org.