RWJF: State Estimates of Limited English Proficiency by Health Insurance Status, 9/1/2014

September 01, 2014

State Estimates of Limited English Proficiency by Health Insurance Status

In a recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, data from the American Community Survey revealed that an estimated 9.5 million individuals with limited English Proficiency (LEP) were uninsured; that’s over one third of the total estimated individuals in the country with LEP.  Despite the total of individuals with LEP only accounting for 8.6% of the American Population, they contribute to 21.7% of the uninsured population.

The Affordable Care Act is expanding, and reaching out to help everyone become insured; however, these findings display that more work must be done to accommodate the large number of uninsured with LEP. Individuals with limited English Proficiency are at a higher risk of not becoming insured, and we must continue to seek ways of targeting language-based initiatives to efficiently serve our entire population.

 

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