Hispanic adults in the United States lead the highest percentage of individuals without health insurance, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center in 2022. The Hispanic community faces great challenges in accessing quality medical care. Among the most pressing challenges are language limitations. Frequently, the lack of information in Spanish creates a gap in knowledge about the programs that are available for the community to access health insurance.
Hundreds of people in North Carolina each day are waiting inside hospital emergency departments for behavioral health care. One reason is that a real-time list of operational beds isn’t available, which makes it difficult to connect people in emergency departments to care in more appropriate settings. To address the growing behavioral health crisis, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is today launching a new tool to help hospitals and other providers quickly find an open bed where people can get the behavioral health treatment they deserve.