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National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Named “Champion for Coverage” by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date:8/27/2013

New York (PRWEB) August 27, 2013

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is honored to be recognized as a Champion for Coverage by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a Champion, we have volunteered to help uninsured Americans learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Access to affordable, quality health coverage, including access to reproductive health care, is a basic human right,” said Jessica González-Rojas, the executive director of NLIRH. “Unfortunately, we know that Latinas face far too many barriers to this right — poverty, immigration status, language and more — making accessing care difficult for our community.”

Community education is absolutely essential. Promotores, or community members who promote health in their own communities, have seen incredible success across the country. Promotores are trained to help the community understand the services they can access and to provide support for those who, because of language or cultural barriers, might feel particularly confused or intimidated about navigating the U.S. health care system. Public health professionals and researchers have called for expansions of this model.

“Champion organizations, like the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, are already serving people and are a trusted source of information in communities across the country,” said Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Director of Communications Julie Bataille. “These organizations are natural places for people to learn about the Marketplace, and we want to make sure that they have access to the tools and information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on October 1.”

“HHS is an important partner in our work to advance reproductive health and justice for this country’s 24 million Latinas, their families and their communities,” González-Rojas said. “Navigating th
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