NCLR Experts Available to Speak on U.S. Supreme Court’s Pending Health Reform Decision




June 27 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259
cgallardo@nclr.org

Kathy Mimberg
(202) 316-2612
kmimberg@nclr.org


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely issue its decision on whether to uphold or strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in whole or in part. Hanging in the balance are millions of Latinos who make up one of the most underinsured populations in the U.S. and are in great need of access to affordable health care. For insight on how the Supreme Court’s ACA decision will impact the nation’s largest minority community, the following NCLR (National Council of La Raza) health policy experts are available for press interviews:

Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Director, Health Policy Project, oversees efforts to improve the health status and outcomes of Latinos through national policy change. Her work focuses on eliminating injustices in health care by increasing health coverage in the Latino community and improving access to quality care and services. In 2009, she worked on collective efforts to enact a major children’s health initiative, which resulted in more than 250,000 uninsured children receiving access to insurance and Congress restoring at least $1 billion of public health insurance to legal immigrant children and expectant mothers.

Kara D. Ryan, Senior Research Analyst, Health Policy Project, helps tell the story of Latinos’ health and nutrition experiences in the U.S. Her areas of expertise include: access to health care for mixed-immigration-status families; Hispanics’ access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); health data on Latino and other medically underserved communities; and Latino child nutrition (including hunger and obesity). Kara frequently serves as an expert panelist in national venues and serves as the NCLR liaison for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Information Center program.

An infographic describing how the Supreme Court’s decision will impact Latinos is also available from NCLR. Please feel free to reproduce this graphic. Join NCLR and others for a live tweet chat tomorrow (Thursday, June 28) at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT on the Court’s health care decision. You can join the conversation using the hashtags #HCRDecision and #HealthJustice.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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Issues: Health, Health Care, Health Care Reform
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas