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Garden State’s Latino Population Lags Far Behind in Obamacare Signups

Immigration-related concerns cited by community activists as major reason for disparity

Father Garcia
Credit: Nadege Nau/WNYC
Father Luis Garcia in front of St Rose of Lima Church.

Nearly 20 percent of the Garden State’s residents are Latino, and they represent about one-third of the state’s uninsured residents.

But Latinos account for only 7 percent of New Jersey residents who signed up for Obamacare during the first year of availability of subsidized medical insurances through the federal Affordable Care Act.

What’s the reason? Immigration issues are a major part of the problem, according to community leaders and outreach healthcare workers in Newark’s North Ward, which has a heavily Latino population.

Read and listen to reporter Kai Wright’s complete story on the website of WNYC/NJPR, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

Kai Wright is a reporting fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and editor-at-large of Colorlines.

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