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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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ACA Training for Organizations Serving Immigrant Communities

This training workshop for community based organizations serving immigrant communities was presented by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, EverThrive Illinois, Asian Health Coalition and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights. (more…)

LPR Marketplace Protocol Flowchart

This protocol developed by PrimeCare Community Health was successful in helping enroll low-income non-citizens and in families with mixed status, a group facing special hurdles in the Marketplace. See the three core website issues discussed in greater length in this post.

How Will Illinois’ Uninsured Fare Under the ACA?

This analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a breakdown of how many uninsured people are eligible for Medicaid or for financial assistance to help them buy private insurance in the new Marketplace, and how many may gain new coverage but will not receive any financial assistance. It also estimates how many uninsured residents are undocumented immigrants and therefore are ineligible for any coverage under the ACA. (more…)

Coverage Options for Unauthorized Non-Citizens

Undocumented non-citizens are the one population that doesn’t benefit under the ACA. However, they can still obtain coverage and other services, via local health departments and clinics (see map). In some cases, Medicaid or financial assistance may be available. This fact sheet, developed by the UIC Training Team, provides the details.

Health Care for Immigrant Families

This report from the Migration Policy Institute finds that low-income immigrant children are less likely than their U.S.-born citizen counterparts to see a doctor even when they are insured. Similarly, immigrant adults are less likely to use emergency rooms than low-income natives. The report examines health care coverage and usage among immigrants and the U.S. born.

Uninsured Asians in Illinois: Moving From Eligible to Enrolled

This August 2013 issue brief from the Asian Health Coalition and Health & Disability Advocates predicted that 75,000 currently uninsured Asians in Illinois would be eligible for coverage in 2014 through the Medicaid expansion and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Health Care & DACA Deferred Action

This document from the National Immigration Law Center describes two official policy announcements released by the Obama Administration on August 28, 2012, that specifically affect eligibility for federal health care programs for individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement changes federal rules for DACA-eligible individuals by excluding them from affordable health insurance options that are available to other individuals with deferred action. This information is an update of NILC fact sheet from August 2012.

ACA in Illinois: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Access

This May 2013 report by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights addresses the challenges of Affordable Care Act implementation in Illinois. It provides demographic information on Illinois’ immigrant population, highlights the barriers that immigrants in Illinois face as they attempt to access health coverage, and offers an existing model, the Immigrant Family Resource Program, that was developed to address the barriers for immigrants that surfaced in the wake of the 1996 federal welfare law.

Language Access Checklist for Marketplace Implementation

This March 2013 checklist from Families USA provides recommendations, tools, and advocacy strategies to ensure that state Health Insurance Marketplaces are accessible for persons with limited English proficiency.

The ACA and Midwest AAPI Communities

This presentation by the Asian Health Coalition at the September 2012 “Aspiration: Advancing Justice” conference” speaks to the effect of Affordable Care Act implementation on Midwest communities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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