To thrive, people need an approach to health care that increases access to quality, affordable care.  

  • According to Gallup, the percentage of uninsured Hispanics is nearly four times greater than the percentage of non-Hispanic white Americans.  
  • More than one-quarter of Hispanics went without a health care visit over the course of a year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  
  • Twenty-two percent of Hispanics went without care over the course of a year due to cost.   

Clearly health care remains an important challenge. That’s why we need policies that expand choice, improve quality, lower costs, and encourage the innovation that could transform health care for all.  

Such an approach would entail: 

  • Resisting expansion of government-controlled health care: Centralized approaches to health care reform, like “Medicare for All” or a “public option” cannot give Americans what they want and deserve: a comprehensive health care agenda that expands access to high-quality care, reduces costs, and strengthens safety nets for the most vulnerable. Top-down centralized approaches lead to bureaucratic rationing, wait-lists, and shortages— burdens that fall hardest on the most vulnerable.
  • Improving access to personal health care options: We must begin working to enact policies that remove barriers and strengthen the way health care is being delivered to patients. Congress should pursue patient centered reforms such as the expansion of tax-free health savings accounts, including for Medicare recipients.
  • Combatting COVID-19 with a comprehensive approach to recovery: We must curb the spread of the coronavirus and protect public health for the economy to recover—and we can do so without additional blanket shutdowns that harm people’s livelihoods. Congress should pursue an aggressive “all-of-the-above” approach combining smarter testing, better access to self-administered home rapid-tests, quicker vaccine approvals and deployment, more therapeutic tools, and making COVID-19 health reforms permanent.

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ICYMI: Virginian Pilot Runs LIBRE Op-Ed on the Need for Federal Telehealth Reform

Telehealth is the bridge between Latinos and urgently needed care   ARLINGTON, VA—Over the weekend, The Virginian Pilot published an op-ed titled “Vulnerable Virginia’s can’t wait for needed telehealth reforms” by Michael Monrroy, Coalitions Director for The LIBRE Initiative-Virginia, a grassroots organization committed to empowering the U.S. Hispanic community. Read the full op-ed here. The … Read More

Advisory: VA Elected Officials to Join Health Care Policy Tour with The LIBRE Initiative

LIBRE takes their Health Care Personal Option Plan on tour throughout Virginia ARLINGTON, VA—Today, The LIBRE Initiative (LIBRE), an organization dedicated to empowering the U.S. Hispanic community, announced their Personal Option Townhall Tour in Virginia, starting April 5 (full tour details below) — a series of townhalls throughout the Commonwealth with the Hispanic community, local … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative Launches Telehealth and HSA Campaign

The LIBRE Initiative Launches Telehealth and HSA Campaign Campaign Includes Digital Advertisements in Several States & Coalition Letter in Support of Telehealth and HSAs (Arlington, VA) – Today, The LIBRE Initiative, an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community, announced plans to launch a multi-state digital advertisement campaign to educate the Latino community about the … Read More

Announcing LIBRE’s 2022 policy agenda to empower families and drive economic progress in the Hispanic community

Hispanics across the nation continue to work hard and pursue their American Dream. However, our community has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. As we enter our third pandemic year, our communities continue to struggle with the economic effects of COVID-19 and government rules that have eroded economic growth and stability. To address these challenges, LIBRE’s … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative celebrates 10 years of efforts to build stronger communities

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of The LIBRE Initiative. Back in 2011, a small group of activists launched an organization dedicated to building a stronger Hispanic community. They knew that in the ongoing debates over policies that affect America’s Latinos, an essential voice was missing: one that came from Hispanic neighborhoods … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative Applauds North Carolina Lawmakers and Governor for Expanding Educational Opportunity While Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

State budget is a good step towards expanding opportunity (Raleigh, NC) – The LIBRE Initiative, an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community, applauded North Carolina lawmakers and the Governor for agreeing on a state budget with provisions to expand the Opportunity Scholarship Program – a measure that will raise the threshold so more students … Read More

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