Latinos living in the U.S. who are eligible for health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are taking action to get health insurance. But signs indicate that not all who qualify for the free or reduced-premium coverage are taking advantage of it.

A Commonwealth Fund study found that in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage, the uninsured rate of Latinos fell significantly. Meantime, in the 25 states that have not done so, there was virtually no change in the uninsured rate.

Overall, the numbers look good, Commonwealth said, especially among Latinos ages 19 to 34, where the uninsured rate dropped from 43 percent to 23 percent in April–June 2014, after the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment ended.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.