The number of Latino children without health insurance is twice that of non-Latino children, according to an analysis by the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Institute for Health Policy.
The rate of uninsured Latino children reached 9.3 percent in 2019, compared to 4.4 percent for non-Latino youth the same year, according to dated analysis. 8 of June.
The uninsured rate increased by 1.6 percent between 2016 and 2019 among Latino children, compared to a 0.7 percent increase for non-Latino youth.
In 2019, there were 1.83 million uninsured Latino children in the country, an increase of 354,400 from the same number in 2016.
Rates of uninsured Latino children were 2.5 times higher in states that did not implement Medicaid expansion for 2019 compared to states that implemented Medicaid expansion. Still, the rate of uninsured non-Latino children in these expanded Medicaid states was 1.5 times higher.
The study authors noted that the number of Latino children without health insurance likely worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Latino adults participate in the workforce at higher rates than the national average, but are less likely to have jobs with employer-sponsored health insurance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) He says Latino populations are 1.9 times more likely to contract COVID-19, 2.8 times more likely to be hospitalized from the virus, and 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease.
According to Axios, more than a third of the minors who died of COVID-19 were Hispanic or Latino.