Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Note: Margin of error is ±0.2%; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Latinos of all ages were the least insured group in the U.S. last year, according to census data released this week.
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The uninsured rate was greater for Hispanic men than for Hispanic women, at 19.9% and 16.6% respectively. Both those rates were 1.8 and 1.2 percentage points higher than in 2019, per the data.
In past polls the high cost of health insurance and ineligibility for Medicaid were mentioned as the two most common reasons people of all races and ethnic origins lacked health coverage.
Census data also shows that U.S. Hispanics had a median income of $55,321 in 2020, under the $67,521 average for all races and ethnic groups in the country.
The number of Latinos living in poverty also increased 17%.
“I survive little by little, getting checkups only when I have enough saved up to afford them,” Ernesto Vargas tells Noticias Telemundo.
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