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Ten years ago more than half of Mexico’s population didn’t have health insurance. Now — amid rampant healthcare debates in the United States — Mexico prepares to celebrate a major healthcare milestone: universal coverage.

PBS news reported on these exciting steps forward. It started after Mexico’s congress enacted a law which guaranteed access to care, and an insurance program backed by the government (called Seguro Popular.)

Just weeks after Mexico’s former Health Minister José Angel Cordova stepped down, the newly appointed Minister Salomón Chertorivski spoke on the current state of Mexican healthcare. When asked by PBS where the health program currently stands, he discussed the 50 million+ currently registered with Seguro Popular and how, together with those with social security, Mexico will reach universal health coverage by December. “That is all Mexicans are going to have a financial mechanism for their health,” Chertorivski responded.