In her new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded report, “No One Asked Me: Latinos’ Experiences With Massachusetts Health Care Reform (13-page PDF),” Dharma E. Cortés (affiliated Harvard Med School, and the Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy) offers some perspectives that the mainstream debate is lacking. As a result of her work, policy makers in MA and beyond might better understand:
- what personal mandates really mean for families, and
- the vital role that community-based organizations play.
The Latino experience was also central to our discussion of MA health reform with Dr. Leighton Ku at The Springfield Institute (includes video) in January. Dr. Ku, affiliated with George Washington University School of Public Health, is producing research for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.