Survey highlights why health insurance rate remains low for Hispanic populations

More than half of 554 Hispanic individuals included in a recent survey said they lacked health insurance in both 2014 and 2015, and the reasons they gave for the lack of coverage offer insights about why this population tends to feature lower enrollment rates, according to McKinsey & Company's Center for U.S. Health System Reform. For one, slightly more Hispanic respondents than non-Hispanic respondents in the survey were unaware of the financial penalty for forgoing health insurance, which is why 30 percent of Hispanic respondents didn't shop for insurance. Yet when informed of the penalty, the Hispanic individuals were more likely to say they would enroll in coverage. Additionally, Hispanic respondents also were less aware of their subsidy eligibility. Survey results