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Statement of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on Signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Date:2/17/2009

Focus on Health Delivers Critical Support to Hispanic Family Budgets

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group, delivered the following statement on the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by President Obama in Denver, CO.

"In the current economic environment, millions of Hispanic families are an illness or hospital stay away from financial disaster. The President's action today in Denver, signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has brought a measure of peace of mind to millions struggling with their family budgets.

"With one in ten Hispanics now unemployed, the ranks of the uninsured are growing daily. The President has taken decisive action to address the needs of Hispanic families. By reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) less than two weeks ago an estimated 1.5 million currently uninsured Hispanic children are now poised to gain health insurance coverage. Today, by signing the stimulus package, the President is bringing relief to families by extending private health insurance support for the unemployed, increasing federal spending on Medicaid, and expanding the capacity of community health centers to deliver needed health care services.

"The stimulus package signed by the President also makes critical investments in the future of improved health care for all Americans. Support for health information technology, including collection of information on gender and ethnicity, dramatically improves our national understanding of health. Comparative effectiveness research called for in the legislation is significantly improved by language recognizing that 'a one-size-fits-all approach...is not the most medically appropriate' and calling for inclusion of diverse populations in research. New investments in prevention and training of primary care providers will refocus health care services on supporting health rather than only treating illness. Furthermore, support for science research, environmental innovation, and education of the next generation of scientists will ensure that scientific, medical, and environmental innovation continues to be an important component of the American economy.

"The National Alliance for Hispanic Health stands ready to continue its work with the President and the 111th Congress to deliver on the promise of a health care system that meets the needs of all communities. Today's action is an important step on the road to reform that reflects the American values of inclusion, compassion, innovation, and the best in health care for all."

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit http://www.hispanichealth.org or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.


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