Elena Rios
Health Advocate

Elena Rios

Dr. Elena Rios serves as President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association.

The Elderly in Hispanic Communities

The elderly in our Hispanic communities will benefit from health care reform because of the expansion of long term care health insurance coverage (Medicaid) and access to coordinated care services. In addition, we know that of all Medicare beneficiaries (mostly persons over 65), Hispanics are the group with the worst track record of enrollment. Thus, health reform will greatly benefit Hispanics with new Medicare and Medicaid enrollment programs with outreach and language services with community health workers. In addition, Hispanic elderly are very interested in not being a burden to their families, yet their families, in general, cannot afford nursing home care -- there is a great need for home health care, counseling about end-of-life care, and more information about nursing home care for the elders in our families.

By Elena Rios  |  August 11, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  | Category:  Health Care Reform , Medicare Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Hispanic families take care of their elderly and sick instead of assuaging their guilt about putting them in homes and sanitariums by paying gouged prices for often poor services in these institutions. Where I live in Mexico, the only "nursing homes" are state run for the very few elderly without families. Part of reducing health care costs and corruption on the part of insurers and providers should be American families taking care of their own more often. No self respecting family in Mexico would send their mother or grandmother off to a US style "nursing home."

Posted by: coloradodog | August 12, 2009 3:48 PM
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