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Topic: Undocumented Non-Citizens



People who do not have legal status to be in the United States are distinct from legally present immigrants. Undocumented non-citizens are not currently eligible for health insurance under the law. Illinois is home to more than 500,000 undocumented non-citizens.


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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.

When the Individual Mandate Doesn’t Apply

This September 2014 fact sheet from the IRS highlights cases that would exempt individuals from purchasing health insurance. The sheet identifies whether individuals should seek an exemption from the IRS or the marketplace.

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.

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.

Illinois Uninsured Profile under ACA

This January 2014 fact sheet from the 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation shows that about two-thirds of uninsured nonelderly people in the state are eligible for financial assistance through either Medicaid or the Marketplace.

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.

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