In an effort to provide access to affordable health insurance coverage for Spanish-speaking consumers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a new Web site.
CuidadodeSalud.gov is a partner site of HealthCare.gov, which was launched in July 2010, and is the first Web site in Spanish that provides consumers with public and private health coverage options, information about implementation of the Affordable Care Act and access to rankings for local health care providers and preventive services.
More than one in three Latinos do not have health insurance -- the highest rate of any ethnic group. Half of Latinos do not have a regular doctor, and 20 percent of low-income Latino youth have gone a year without a health care visit - a rate three times higher than that for high-income whites, according to the department.
Latinos also suffer disproportionately from chronic health diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Latinas contract cervical cancer at twice the rate of white women, and since 1998, mammography levels have been lower among Latinas compared with non-Hispanic white and black women, the department said.
"CuidadodeSalud.gov will give Latinos across the nation better information about the choices they have, how much they cost, and what they can expect from their doctor, specific to their life situation and local community," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a media statement.