The Spanish-language version of healthcare.gov will not be equipped to handle online enrollments on Oct 1., according to an Obama administration official. Instead, Spanish speakers will have to wait until Oct. 21 to sign up online, reports Kaiser Health News.
The administration chose Oct. 21 to unveil the online enrollment tool to coincide with a “week of action” around Hispanic Heritage Month, in which community organizations and local, state and federal government partners will highlight the importance of the Affordable Care Act for Latinos.
Hispanic Heritage Month, however, began on Sept. 15 and ends on Oct. 15, reports Kaiser.
"More than 10 million Latinos are expected to be eligible for new public and subsidized health coverage options, making them the demographic group most likely to benefit from the health law — and a key to its success. They’re more likely to be young — nearly half of Hispanics are under 26 years old. That’s important for the insurance pools, because young and healthy people need fewer medical services, and insurance companies can use their premiums to balance the needs of older or sicker patients.
"Spanish speakers who live in states where the federal government is running the marketplace and want to enroll before Oct. 21 can fill out paper applications and receive assistance through call centers and navigators. As long as they sign up by Dec. 15, they will have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014." Read more.