Access to Affordable Health Care:
While Latinos are affected by a wide range of risk factors and diseases, nearly every health disparity experienced could be prevented or more effectively managed given timely access to health care. Unfortunately, a number of barriers including a widespread lack of health insurance and an inadequate supply of linguistically appropriate services prevent Latinos from gaining access to quality care.

In all of the nation's top ten Latino metro areas, the share of Latinos without health insurance is significantly larger than among the general population. In Los Angeles, for example, 33 percent of adult Latinos have no health insurance, compared with 22 percent of adult Angelinos in general. There are much bigger numbers of uninsured Latinos in other cities. In Atlanta, Georgia, 51 percent of the Latino population is uninsured. The biggest share of uninsured Latino children is found in Salt Lake City, Utah (28 percent).

Among the top ten regions, the lowest share of uninsured Latinos is found in San Francisco, where 24 percent of the adult Latino population lacks health insurance. But that's still higher than among the region's general population, which has an uninsured rate of 13 percent.

The LCF is dedicated to improving the health of Latinos by working with health care providers and consumers to make available high-quality, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate health care and prevention services to everyone regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.