KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- According to a new Gallup-Healthways poll, nearly two out of every 10 American adults didn't have health insurance in 2011 - up from the year before. But that number is much higher in Hispanics - nearly four in 10.
Here in Kansas City, local clinics say that while most of the Hispanic patients they see are employed, many work at jobs that don't provide health benefits, or provide benefits that the workers can't afford. And that has led to a reluctance to seek routine medical and dental care - often times leading to more expensive care later on that increases the burden for everybody.
FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean is Working for You with the report, and what one local clinic is trying to do to provide routine medical care for the city's Hispanic community.