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Covered California Faulted For Low Latino Enrollment

Target to drop health insurance coverage for part-time workersresource /> "Without reaching Latinos in large numbers, it's hard to reach the enrollment goals overall. It also means people are going without benefits they are eligible for." Some state lawmakers say they are running out of patience over the slow sign-ups home among Latinos. They fault the state exchange for a shortage of enrollment counselors in the field and for not publishing a paper application in Spanish until late last month. They worry that missing out on this relatively young and healthy population could undermine the viability of the exchange. State Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) said the exchange's enrollment figures for Latinos are "absolutely unacceptable." "This is all about the customer experience," she said. "We are putting obstacle after obstacle in front of to learn more people and we are preventing them from getting the healthcare they deserve." State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), chairman of the Senate Health committee, said he shares some of those concerns.
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