Health insurance and Hispanics in Massachusetts

Racial and ethnic disparities in health care and insurance is no where near my expertise. But I have questions, such as, “Why are so many Hispanics uninsured in Massachusetts (or Boston, really)?”

Witness results from the Boston Area Community Health (BACH) survey, as presented by John McKinlay and Carol Link at this year’s AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. The BACH is a survey of a representative sample of Boston residents ages 30-79. (In the figure below, region between each adjacent pair of vertical bars is 20 percentage points.)

MA HI by race-eth

The bars illustrate how health insurance coverage changed with health reform in Massachusetts. Though Hispanics experienced the greatest gains in coverage (15.3 percentage points), they are still the group least likely to be covered (10.9% uninsured). Why?

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