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 women and families.
The Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act (HR 4701/S 3799) — introduced on October 15, 2019 by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Deb Haaland (D-NM) and on May 20, 2020, by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) — presents a bold solution to this fundamental injustice in our health care system. The bill would remove onerous legal barriers and restore access to affordable coverage for all immigrants who are otherwise eligible to participate in public health care programs. Encourage your lawmakers to support health equity and fair treatment for immigrant women and families by cosponsoring the HEAL Act today!