Targeting uninsured Hispanics for ACA enrollment

MIAMI (AP) — Enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace is steadily climbing with more than 1 million nationwide and nearly 18,000 in Florida after a shaky rollout.

Yet anecdotal evidence suggests Latinos could be lagging their peers because of reasons ranging from a lack of Spanish-language resources to fear they could unwittingly identify relatives in the country illegally.

Federal health officials have not said how many of Florida’s nearly 18,000 enrollees from October and November were Hispanic, but enrollment counselors say signups from the community appear to be low.

Roughly 1.3 million Hispanic Floridians lacks health insurance. They account for about one-third of Florida’s roughly 3.5 million total uninsured population. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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