Provisions in the nation’s new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, will help New York’s underserved Latino population get more access to health care, said Dr. Jaime Torres, Health and Human Services New York Regional Director, at a recent Latino legislative conference.
Dr. Torres spoke at New York’s annual SOMOS Conference in Albany on March 24. Administration for Children and Families’ Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon also attended the event.
“When President Obama came into power in 2009, he inherited two wars and an economic fiscal crisis, but there was also a crisis in health care,” said Dr. Torres, to a room of civic leaders. “We had 50 million people uninsured in our nation — one third of them were Latinos. We had one million people going bankrupt every year because of medical bills. Do you know how many of them had health insurance? Three quarters. We had also one person dying every 30 minutes in our nation directly related to not having insurance.”
Dr. Torres underscored the effects of the 2010 law: