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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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Los Inmigrantes y La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio: Una introducción

This introductory primer, presented in both English and Spanish, provides a brief explanation of what the ACA means to immigrants and/or those who are not citizens of the United States.

Immigrants, States and Coverage Gaps

A presentation by Lynn Blewett, “Immigrants’ access to care under the Affordable Care Act: The role of states in addressing coverage gaps,” at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s symposium, Accelerating the Future: the Changing Face of Health in America, held April 19, 2011, in Minneapolis.

Immigrants and Coverage in the Affordable Care Act

This August 2012 presentation by Lynn A. Blewett gives an overview of citizen/immigrant definitions and estimates of foreign-born by type of immigration status. It discusses the impact of ACA coverage expansions, and implications for states and local safety net programs.

The Affordable Care Act and Non-Citizens

This May 2012 webinar explained how non-citizens are impacted by the health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion, how most of the opportunities do not apply to undocmumented immigrants, and discussed the challenges for mixed-status families as well as the myths surrounding use of Medicaid and citizenship. A recording of webinar is available here.

Health Care Reform and the Impact on Immigrant Populations

This November 2011 presentation by Health & Disability Advocates to the National Immigration Conference covered how lawfully present immigrants are included in state health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansions, while undocumented immigrants are eligible only for emergency Medicaid.

Health Care Reform for Refugees

This fact sheet from the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement explains the special benefits and protections in the Affordable Care Act for refugees and their eligibility to enjoy various general protections.

Immigrants and the ACA: A Primer

A brief description by IHM of how immigrants, non-immigrants and undocumented immigrants are affected by the ACA.

Left Out: Undocumented Immigrants and Medicaid Expansion

This 2011 presentation by SHADAC (the State Health Access Data Assistance Center) explains who are undocumented immigrants, how many are in the U.S., and what national health reform means for them – as well as why the issue is of larger concern.

Treatment of Citizens and Immigrants Under Health Reform

This fact sheet from the National Council of La Raza gives a point-by-point comparison of Affordable Care Act provisions as they apply to U.S. citizens, legal immigrants, and the undocumented.

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