Latino Leaders Urge Senate to Address Key Principles

Latinos

United for Healthcare (LUH) a coalition of Latino national and community

leaders along with representatives from the nation’s largest Hispanic

organizations lauded the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act

by a vote of 220 to 215 in

the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday night. The legislation will aim

to cover 36 million more Americans and provide affordable healthcare to 96%.

 

“We applaud the members of the House of Representatives for their tremendous

work on crafting and passing this historic piece of legislation. This bill is a

victory not only for hard working Latino families, but for the millions of

Americans who currently lack access to sufficient health care coverage,” said Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, Chair of the

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

 

The participating organizations and members of Latinos United for Healthcare

began working with members of Congress early this year to include key

provisions in the final bill that are particularly important to expanding

access to quality health insurance and improving health outcomes in the

Hispanic community.  

“We commend President

Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, Chairman Waxman, Miller and

Rangel, Congressman Clyburn, the support of Republican Joseph Cao (R-LA) and

countless others for taking this historic step,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “The bill provides coverage

for 96 percent of Americans. It offers everyone, regardless of health or

income, the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have access to

affordable health care when they need it.”

 

Latinos United for Healthcare will move aggressively forward in its work with

the U.S. Senate to strengthen the language in their version of the health

reform bill in the hopes that the Senate will act before the end of year.

 

“While the

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce did not actually support the House

bill in its current form, we did urge that the bill move forward so

it can be improved as it moves through the legislative process and when

reconciled in conference. Our goal now is to work with the Senate and its

leadership to ensure that health care reform provides affordable coverage

options to individuals and small businesses alike, and does not disenfranchise

millions of non-citizen households.” said Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the United States Hispanic

Chamber of Commerce

Latinos United for Healthcare (LUH)

is a nonpartisan coalition of national, state and local Hispanic leaders and

organizations that support the passage of significant healthcare reform that

increases access to affordable, quality health coverage for all. For more

information visit www.latinosunitedforhealthcare.org .

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