A Drop in Uninsured, but Latinos Still Most Without Coverage

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Hispanics continue to be more likely to be uninsured compared to white and black Americans, despite a slight drop in those lacking coverage.

The Gallup-Healthways-Well-Being Index released Monday showed 37.9 percent of Latinos lack insurance, down from 38.7 percent uninsured in the last three months of 2013.

Black Americans saw the biggest drop in uninsured rates in that time period from 20.9 percent to 18.3 percent uninsured. For whites the share of uninsured fell from 11.9 to 10.9.

With just three weeks before the March 31 enrollment deadline, the Obama administration has been making a push to get more Latinos to sign up for health care coverage under the new Affordable Care Act.

Last Thursday, the president appeared on a town hall on Spanish-language TV to persuade Latinos to sign up. He reassured watchers that personal information they provided to sign up for Obamacare would not be shared with immigration officials in attempt to ease fears of those with family members in the country illegally.

As the group most likely to be uninsured and a relatively younger population, Latinos have been considered key to the success of the health care law that is Obama's landmark legislative achievement.

The Gallup-Healthways-Well Being Index said the drop in the uninsured rate, ongoing since the requirement to have health insurance began Jan. 1, could be the result of the Affordable Care Act.

The results for the index are based on a survey conducted from Jan. 2 to Feb. 28, with a random sample of 28,396 adults. Some of the interviews were done in Spanish. The margin of error is plus or minus 1 percentage point.\