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Letter to Peter Lee, Executive Director, Covered California - Up Hispanic Outreach

anuary 10, 2014

Mr. Peter Lee, Executive Director

Covered California

560 J. St., Suite 290

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Mr. Lee:

We write today because we have serious concerns about the low number of Hispanic Californians signing up for health insurance through Covered California. Hispanic residents account for two-thirds of California's uninsured population and almost one-third of the state's overall population. Their enrollment is vital to the success of our health insurance exchange. However, a recent report by Kaiser Health News stated that of the 159,000 Californians enrolled in Covered California, less than five percent are Hispanic.

These numbers are alarming and we request you conduct a full review of Covered California's Hispanic outreach efforts. While we applaud the recent announcements regarding new Spanish-language advertising efforts and enrollment forms, there is more that can and must be done to increase enrollment, including resolving the shortage of bilingual enrollment counselors in key areas of the state and continuing to catch and fix translation problems on the website.

We urge you to ensure that efforts to enroll Hispanics remain a priority in California. We remain committed to carrying out the true intent of the Affordable Care Act and ensuring equal opportunity enrollment for all of our California communities is fundamental to that effort. We look forward to developing solutions to expand the enrollment of Covered California and are willing to help in any way possible.

Sincerely,

Loretta Sanchez

Member of Congress

Additional signatories: Reps. Lois Capps, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Thompson, Mike Honda, Adam Schiff, Janice Hahn, Raul Ruiz, Jared Huffman, Alan Lowenthal, Linda Sánchez, John Garamendi, Mark Takano, Tony Cardenas, Juan Vargas and Lucille Roybal-Allard.


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