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Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

Written by on May 19, 2014 in Administration, Family, Health Care, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Mission Not Yet Accomplished: The Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

By Jenny Rejeske, Health Policy Analyst at the National Immigration Law Center In the fall, Jirayut Latthivongskorn—known as “New” to friends and family—will make history. He’ll get one step closer to achieving his educational dreams by becoming the first DACAmented student at the renowned University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. Even as New learns [...]

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Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

States took the lead on immigration reform in 2013, and compared to previous years, the majority  were positive measures to help integrate and improve the day-to-day lives of immigrants in their respective states. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2013 Immigration Report, 45 states passed 184 immigration-related laws in 2013 and adopted [...]

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Licensing Barriers Leave Immigrant Doctors Driving Cabs Instead of Practicing Medicine

Licensing Barriers Leave Immigrant Doctors Driving Cabs Instead of Practicing Medicine

Instead of putting foreign medical and other advanced degrees to use in the United States, it is common among immigrant doctors and other professionals to work less skilled jobs, such as a taxi driver or waiter, because the complicated licensing process keeps them from  applying their training in the U.S. market. According to a recent [...]

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ICE Will Not Use Health Care Application Information for Immigration Enforcement Purposes

ICE Will Not Use Health Care Application Information for Immigration Enforcement Purposes

Last Friday U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a clarification stressing that information provided by those applying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will not trigger immigration enforcement. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); however, this clarification should bring peace of mind to mixed-status families. [...]

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How a Government Shutdown Likely Affects Immigration Agencies

How a Government Shutdown Likely Affects Immigration Agencies

The government’s fiscal year ends today, and without legislation authorizing spending to continue, whether for the full fiscal year or even a few weeks, many federal offices and services will be shuttered starting tomorrow. Unfortunately, the chances the United States government will avoid a shutdown are low. The Senate has tabled the House-approved spending bill, [...]

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Immigration Reform Will Help Address Critical Lack of Medical Doctors

Immigration Reform Will Help Address Critical Lack of Medical Doctors

The U.S. faces a severe shortage of physicians, particularly in primary care and in rural areas, and as baby boomers retire, the U.S. workforce will need many more health professionals to fill their spots in the health care field. But many hurdles prevent foreign doctors, who are just as qualified as their U.S. counterparts, from [...]

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Medicare’s Health and Well-Being Depends on Immigrants

Medicare’s Health and Well-Being Depends on Immigrants

Immigrants’ access to affordable health care is one of the most contested issues in the current immigration reform debate. Most advocates of comprehensive immigration reform point to the need to ensure that aspiring citizens have opportunities to access appropriate health care since such access will impact their ability to learn, to work, and to contribute [...]

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Can We Afford Not to Include 11 Million People in Health Care Reform?

Can We Afford Not to Include 11 Million People in Health Care Reform?

By Sonal Ambegaokar, Health Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center To date, policy discussions regarding immigrants and health care and other benefits primarily focus on negative stereotypes and myths. As a result, the default policy solution to any issue involving immigrants and benefits is to simply deny the benefits, even when the immigrants [...]

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Guaranteeing Access to Health Care to Immigrant Women: A Necessary and Wise Investment

Written by on April 10, 2013 in Economics, Family, Health Care, Integration with 2 Comments
Guaranteeing Access to Health Care to Immigrant Women: A Necessary and Wise Investment

In the current public debate regarding comprehensive immigration reform, the focus on immigrant access to health benefits has been almost exclusively limited to cost (which is undeniably an important aspect) and has rarely addressed the social gains that result from investing in a healthy population. For the most part, the health of immigrant women has [...]

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Cato Report Finds Poor Immigrants Use Fewer Public Benefits than Natives

Cato Report Finds Poor Immigrants Use Fewer Public Benefits than Natives

Among the most contentious debates surrounding national immigration reform concerns immigrant use of welfare programs. Opponents of immigration routinely assert low-skilled immigrants consume more public resources than natives, thereby imposing an unfair fiscal burden on U.S. taxpayers.

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