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National Hispanic Medical Association Supports Universal Health Coverage
Date:9/10/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's vision for health care reform will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. But for the National Hispanic Medical Association, which represents doctors across the nation who care for Hispanic patients, what is more important is that the President's health reform will provide insurance to those who don't have it and slow the growth of health care costs for families, businesses, and the government.

Hispanics currently number 50 million or 15% of the population, the largest ethnic group in the country. As a young population, Hispanics are the backbone of our future economy. Yet, our Hispanic communities face the greatest proportion of diseases, like diabetes and obesity and depression, and live in poverty with few choices for healthy lifestyles. Hispanics also face the challenge of being the group with the greatest uninsured, with three out of five under the age of 65 without health insurance.

The National Hispanic Medical Association President Dr. Elena Rios states, "We strongly support the health care reform plan of President Obama and we recognize his strong commitment to affordable universal insurance with a public option. We know that Hispanics stand to gain the most because having insurance will mean, starting with this generation, Hispanics will have less disease and health care costs and will be more productive in their communities."

Health care reform bills have already passed 4 out of 5 Congress committees and call for the transformation of a health system to focus on prevention services without costs, so that more Americans can live healthier lives, and public health targeted to needy communities with a national strategy that eliminates health disparities under the leadership of the U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health.

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