There are currently around 2.5 million Afro-descendants living in the country who have historically been made invisible. However, despite the systematic racism exercised for centuries, they keep their culture and traditions alive. They actively seek to be recognized at the constitutional level to have access to government support.
The state of emergency declared nation-wide due to COVID-19 led to the creation of public health policies that aimed to protect citizens from the health contingency. The laws included continuous Medicaid coverage under which beneficiaries were guaranteed uninterrupted coverage, with no need for an annual redetermination on the basis of changes in their household or their income.