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January 14, 2015 5:22 PM

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Again and again, studies show that our community has a higher prevalence of and more complications with diseases such as diabetes, cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS. We continue to bear a disproportionate burden of these diseases -- which many of us know personally all too well -- because barriers such as cost, location and availability of health centers, as well as cultural and linguistic factors too often make it difficult for us and our loved ones to access the health care we need, including essential preventive health care.

Lack of health insurance is one of the major barriers contributing to our community's health challenges. In fact, Latinos are the ethnic group that is least likely to have health insurance. Without health insurance, it can be hard to afford even basic preventive health care like check-ups. And when ...

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