(New Haven, Conn.) – Planned Parenthood of Southern New
England (PPSNE) celebrates Hispanic
Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) by standing with the
Latinx* community to honor their history and culture and to support expanding
access to vital health care.
“Part of honoring Hispanic heritage in this country is
ensuring that we stand with Latinx communities so they are able to access
affordable, high-quality health care and live free from discrimination,” said
Kafi Rouse, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing with Planned
Parenthood of Southern New England. “Access to affordable health care, including
birth control without a copay, remains at risk under this administration.
Combined with current racialized immigrant enforcement efforts standing in the
way of undocumented immigrants accessing health care, it is more important than
ever to stand with Latinx communities in southern New England.”
Immigrant communities often face more challenges to
accessing coverage and health care. While the Affordable Care Act resulted in
significant coverage gains for Latinos, it left out undocumented immigrants, the majority
of whom are Latino. Increased immigration enforcement drives
immigrants further into the shadows and can prevent them from seeking the
lifesaving care they need. PPSNE is proud to see patients regardless of income,
insurance, or immigration status, and it is often one of the only places that
undocumented people can turn to for care. For many Latinos, Planned Parenthood
is their preferred health care provider or the only health care provider they
have, and Medicaid and Title X funding is the only way they are able to access
Planned Parenthood’s high-quality, affordable, and compassionate care.
“The Latinx community makes our country better, stronger,
and more vibrant. We do not need policies that create fear and hate – we need
policies that bring communities together,” said Rouse. “We are proud to
advocate for and with Latinx communities in partnership with community leaders
to harness their political power and increase access to health care.”
For more information on Planned Parenthood of Southern New
England, or to make an appointment, visit ppsne.org
or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526).