- The issue: Immigrants can’t access affordable health services. Those classified as “lawful permanent residents” have to wait five years before they can access Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) while undocumented immigrants face additional challenges accessing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplaces and tax credits.
- The good news: The Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Families Act is designed to remove current legal barriers and restore access to affordable coverage for these immigrants.
- Our task: Urge your lawmakers to cosponsor the HEAL Act.
Consistent with the Jewish value of kavod ha bri’ot, NCJW believes that every individual deserves to be healthy and thrive to obtain care with respect and dignity. However, immigrants are forced to navigate a complicated patchwork of care that often forces them to delay, forego, or pay out-of-pocket for basic health services. Under current law, immigrants with status as lawful permanent residents have been forced to wait five years before participating in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). What’s more, undocumented immigrants are also blocked from purchasing insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges and accessing premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. Without the affordable coverage offered through these programs, obtaining health care is not a reality for many immigrant families.
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