Uninsured Rates of Hispanics

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INTRODUCTION Today, according to the Census Department (2010), there are 51 million (16.4%) uninsured individuals in the Unites States and a large percentage of those individuals are Hispanic. Among Hispanics ages 18-64, 37% are uninsured, which is about twice the size when compared to the proportion of uninsured among the general population, and nearly 2.5 times the proportion of white, non-Hispanics. Additionally, 2.9 million Hispanic children who are younger than 18 years old (21%) are uninsured. This compares with uninsured rates among children who are younger than 18 years of 7.4% among Non-Hispanic whites, 14.5% among African Americans, and 12.4% among Asians. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2009), Hispanics are the majority population to receive or use much needed medications, including prescription drugs for asthma; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; HIV/AIDS; and mental or psychological illness. Furthermore, according to the Census Department, Hispanics are the fastest growing minority population in the United States. HYPOTHESES Hispanic groups are described in the Census 2010 as Mexican, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Hispanic. The Hispanic-origin population consists of the majority of individuals that lack health insurance coverage in the United States. (38.9 %). Non-Hispanic Black consists of 20%, while Non-Hispanic Whites consist of 12.2% (Census Bureau, 2010). The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of the strong relationship between the lack of health insurance coverage and the increase of other variables that could be factored in for the lack of health insurance coverage in the U.S. The correlation among varia... ... middle of paper ... ...Korman. (2006): "Why Are Latinos the Most Uninsured Racial/Ethnic Group of US Children? A Community-Based Study of Risk Factors for and Consequences of Being an Uninsured Latino Child." Pediatrics 118.3 E730-740. Print. 6. Flores, G., and S. C. Tomany-Korman. (2008): "The Language Spoken at Home and Disparities in Medical and Dental Health, Access to Care, and Use of Services in US Children." Pediatrics 121.6 E1703-1714. Print. 7. Ku, L., and T. Waidmann. (2003). Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Urban Institute: How race/ethnicity, immigration status and language affect health insurance coverage, access to care and quality of care among the low income population. Print. 8. Long, Sharon K. (2003). "Choosing among Food, Housing, and Health Insurance." Hardship among the Uninsured: Http://www.urban.org/uploadedpdf/310775_B-54.pdf. Urban Institute.

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