While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not expand access to health insurance for undocumented immigrants, it may pave the way to health care coverage for as many as six million legal immigrants who have had trouble obtaining insurance, and may begin to close the coverage gap between immigrants and native-born adults. First, legal immigrants who do not have health insurance will be able to sign up for coverage through the new on-line exchanges, and may also qualify for federal tax credits that will make a health plan more affordable. In addition, many lawfully present immigrants will also become eligible for Medicaid under the ACA reforms. Dr. Leighton Ku, author of the recent issue brief “Strengthening Immigrants’ Health Access: Current Opportunities,” will outline both the opportunities and obligations that federal health reform law will bring to lawfully present immigrants. State-specific experience and commentary on immigrant insurance coverage and health care access will be provided by Elizabeth Swain, President & Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Care Association of New York State, and Bobbi Ryder, President & CEO, National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
Live program aired February 6, 2014.
Access the archived session and slides here.