‘Puzzling’ Spanish-Language Translation Error Fixed On Healthcare.gov
Also in the news, Stateline offers a states report on health law efforts to expand insurance coverage among Latinos.
The Associated Press: Healthcare.gov Fixes Error On Website For Latinos
Healthcare.gov has fixed a conspicuous translation error on its Spanish-language website that had puzzled native speakers. The site suffered from clunky translations last year, and the latest mix-up involved an attempt to let consumers know they can start to “get ready” now for 2015 (10/9).
Stateline: A Quarter Of Latinos Uninsured
In the “sala de espera,” or waiting room, at La Clinica del Pueblo, a community health center in Washington, D.C., signs in Spanish encourage patients to “Empower yourself!” and sign up for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Adults slump in chairs, scribbling on application forms, texting friends, waiting. In a tiny office a few feet away, William Joachin, the center’s patient access manager, faces down the frustrations of trying to navigate the federal health care program for the thousands of mostly Central American immigrants who flood the clinic each year. He’s not alone. A year after open enrollment for the ACA began, one in four Latinos living in the U.S. does not have health insurance, according to new census data, more than any other ethnic population in the country -- and most states have few backups in place to help those in the coverage gap (Wiltz, 10/10).
In addition, a recent poll of Florida's Hispanic voters indicates support for Medicaid expansion -
Miami Herald: Poll: Hispanic Voters Strongly Back Charlie Crist, Medicaid Expansion
Democrat Charlie Crist holds a sizable 53-29 percent lead over Gov. Rick Scott among Hispanic voters, according to a new poll that indicates this fastest growing segment of the electorate doesn't like Republican positions on immigration, Medicaid and the minimum wage. And despite concerns that Hispanic voters might stay home this election, the survey conducted by the premier Latino Decisions polling firm indicates they could be a force at the polls for Crist just as they were for President Barack Obama in 2012 when he barely won Florida (Caputo, 10/9).