National Calls on HCR

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) hosts a series of calls to highlight key policies and initiatives that affect Latino and immigrant communities now that health care reform has become law. Each call is designed to provide participants with tools to learn more about the Affordable Care Act’s impact and identify ways to best expand access to coverage for Latinos and immigrant communities. Click on the links below for more information and to access call materials and recordings. Sign up here to receive announcements for future calls and health and nutrition updates from NCLR’s health policy team.


National Calls on Health Care Reform

February 23, 2012

Five Million Reasons Why Health Care Reform Must Work—Webinar on Children’s Health Coverage


This webinar featured an overview of health policies that affect the coverage of children, focusing on Latino children. Speakers discussed children in complex coverage situations and how the new health care system should work to bring in these children. Key lessons were also highlighted from community outreach workers in connecting eligible immigrant families and children to coverage.

Featured Speakers:

  • Genevieve M. Kenney, PhD, Senior Fellow and Health Economist, Urban Institute
  • Samantha Artiga, Associate Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation



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October 20, 2011

Opportunities to Improve Latinas’ Health

This call presented preventive care services that address issues that cause health disparities among Latinas and featured behavioral health services that provide holistic care for women. Presenters also discussed the advances in women’s health in the family context.

Featured Speakers:

  • Amy Allina, Raising Women’s Voices
  • Rebecca Pleitez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

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September 13, 2011

Removing Barriers and Improving Health Care for Immigrant Workers and Their Families

During this webinar, speakers introduced options that overcome barriers and improve access to coverage for immigrants. Speakers also discussed the potential implications of health care reform for children in immigrant families and strategies that state advocates are using to improve immigrant health care.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ninez Ponce, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCLA School of Public Health
  • Alice Dembner, Deputy Policy Director, Community Catalyst
  • Carmen Velasquez, Executive Director, Alivio Medical Center
  • Mauricio Ayon, Legislative Director, Washington Community Action Network
  • Christina Peters, Health Policy Associate, Children’s Alliance

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August 16, 2011

What’s in it for Immigrant Workers and Their Families?

This webinar featured a presentation from our allies at National Immigration Law Center (NILC) that discussed major post-reform coverage options for immigrants, including eligibility changes. We also discussed advances in immigrant family access under the exchange regulations and other important proposed regulations from federal agencies.

Featured Speaker:

  • Sonal Ambegaokar, Health Policy Attorney, NILC

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Webinar Presentation: What’s in Health Care Reform for Immigrant Workers and Families? (PDF)



(This is a recording of an interactive audience polling section, implementation activities, NCLR’s Action Steps and the question and answer portion of the webinar. Please note that due to technical difficulties we were unable to record the entire webinar.

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April 27, 2011

 What’s the Deal with Medicaid?

This call featured a discussion of the threats facing Medicaid, including efforts to cap enrollment, change eligibility, and a state perspective on the budget discussion and how it impacts Latinos. Speakers also presented on how Medicaid currently serves Latinos and options offered to states in the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid.

Featured Speakers

  • Alice Dembner, Deputy Policy Director, Community Catalyst (Boston, MA)
  • Matt Jewett, Director of Health Policy, Children’s Action Alliance (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Director, Health Policy Project, NCLR (Washington, DC)
  • Matthew Mellon, Policy Fellow, Health Policy Project, NCLR (Washington, DC)

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Call Audio part 1
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Explanations of Major Proposals to Change Medicaid (Call Materials)

Action Steps

Communications from Our National Leaders on Medicaid

  • Republican governors’ letter to Congress asking them to lift Maintenance of Effort provisions from health care reform
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’s response letter to Republican governors
  • Democratic governors’ letter opposing proposals to block grant Medicaid

Partner Resources

March 24, 2011:

No Longer the New Kid on the Block

A year after health care reform became law, this call featured presentations on new initiatives that make health care better for Latinos and their families, including community prevention programs and grants that will promote health equity. Speakers also discussed different efforts to overturn the law and what participants can do to stop those efforts.

Featured Speakers

  • Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kate Leone, Senior Health Counsel, Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV)
  • Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Director, Health Policy Project, National Council of La Raza

Call Materials

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