A family asks questions of medical assistant Vivian Guillen as the Greater Prince William Community Health Center launched its education and enrollment services for the Virginia Health Insurance Marketplace on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in Woodbridge, VA. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Many Spanish speakers left behind in first wave of Obamacare

In Silicon Valley, the executives and engineers who’ve helped build the Apple, Google and Facebook empires earn high salaries and enjoy a slew of perks, including stellar health benefits.

The clients of the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a community clinic in East Palo Alto just two miles away from Facebook’s sprawling headquarters, live in a very different Silicon Valley.

They’re the gardeners, nannies, factory workers and service staff who keep Silicon Valley homes and offices humming, the lawns manicured and the families comfortable.

They are also, in many ways, a microcosm of the population the Affordable Care Act was meant to help.

Many earn between $5 and $15 an hour, don’t own or use computers and are more comfortable speaking Spanish than English. Sixty-five percent of East Palo Alto’s population is Latino, a group seen as crucial to the success of the health law. Many lack health insurance and pose a lower financial risk because they are typically younger and healthier than others.

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