Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in Maryland, with a population that more than doubled in the last decade. This rapid growth is a result of migration from Latin Americans seeking economic opportunities, as well as a high birth rate among Latino women. While Latino immigrants tend to be young and healthy, sustaining wellness can be challenging due to a variety of factors, including poor access to health care, a shortage of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, adoption of unhealthy habits, stress and poverty. Exclusionary policies at the federal and state level contribute to health disparities, and may increase healthcare costs.

Policy Group Vision

1. To resolve difficulties presented by the Maryland Health Connection for the enrollment/re-enrollment of eligible children who have access to health insurance into Medicaid whose parents do not have social security numbers.

2. To identify and address barriers to enrollment in emergency Medicaid for ACA-ineligible pregnant women without social security numbers.

3. To explore means of expanding health insurance to ACA-ineligible adults and/or leverage Maryland’s all payer approach to promote community wellness programs for Latinos living in Maryland.

4. To advocate for the Latino community adversely affected by the Public Charge Rule targeting social benefits for mixed-status families.

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