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Topic: Immigrants



Health reforms and programs have special rules for immigrants in regards to eligibility. Immigrants also have a unique experience within the healthcare system.


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Clues for the Trickiest Applications

This November 2015 presentation from the National Immigration Law Center and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families explains eligibility rules and application processes for immigrants and their families.

Enrolling Families with Immigrants

This January 2015 webinar for assisters reviews the legal protections for immigrants and outlines the unique steps to apply for coverage.

Getting a Health Insurance Exemption

This March 2014 Issue brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identifies populations who may be exempt from purchasing health insurance. The brief lays out the exemption process- including documentation needed- for each group.

Immigrants, the ACA, and Tax-Filing

In a November 2014 question and answer, the National Immigration Law Center addresses immigrants’ concerns when applying for health insurance or filling out tax returns.

Illinois Immigrant Health Resources

This page of resources at the ICIRR, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, includes pamphlets on immigrant health access options, a handout for undocumented on their health options, and other information on how to help immigrants and refugees obtain health care. They are presented as part of the Immigrant Family Resource Program.

Data Matching and Immigration Status Update

This mid-September 2014 CMS update reports that the federal Marketplace has begun sending notices to consumers who have an income-related data matching issue. Those who do not respond by September 30, 2014 may see the costs of their coverage change. (more…)

Resolving Inconsistencies in Immigration Status

The federally-facilitated marketplace has been notifying to consumers with outstanding immigration and citizenship inconsistencies that they must resolve these “data matching” issues or their coverage through the Marketplace (including APTCs and/or CSRs) would end on September 30th. This August 2014 collection of tips from the Administration to help navigate this process was assembled by In the Loop. (more…)

Lessons on Immigrant Access to the ACA

This report from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights highlights enrollment barriers that immigrants and refugees faced during the first enrollment period. Hurdles included identity and immigration status verification issues, erroneous referrals to Medicaid, case management overload, language barriers, and lack of access for mixed-status families. (more…)

Application Process for Families that Include Immigrants

This resource from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities offers an in-depth guide including general rules of immigrant eligibility for healthcare, eligibility factors for federal non-emergency Medicaid and CHIP, as well as showing which immigrant statuses qualify for marketplace coverage.

Marketplace Application and Citizenship

This fact sheet from CMS answers the citizenship questions that will be asked on the Marketplace application, including the differences between types of citizenship, how to verify your citizenship status, and the immigration documents that are required for the application.

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