The National Council of la Raza reports that 10. 2 million Latinos are eligible for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet, there are still many questions regarding what types of immigration statuses are eligible and which are not.
In a nutshell, under ACA only “lawfully present” immigrants can qualify to either buy private health insurance through either their state or federal Marketplace or get it through employer-sponsored coverage. The term “lawfully present” are those immigrants who have any of the following:
- Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR/Green Card Holder)
- Cuban/Haitian entrants
- Paroled into the U.S. for at least one year
- Conditional entrant granted before 1980
- Battered non-citizens, spouses, children, or parents
- Victims of trafficking and his or her spouse, child, sibling, or parent or individuals with a pending application for a victim of trafficking visa
- Granted withholding of deportation
- Member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or American Indian born in Canada
Legal status conferred by other laws ( such as temporary resident status, LIFE Act, Family Unity individuals).
Accessing Medicaid as an Alternative
Disclosure of immigration status
Whether you chose to purchase health insurance through the federal and state marketplaces or register for Medicaid and CHIP, its important for you to know that you do not have to provide information about the citizenship or immigration status of any family or household members who are not applying for coverage. States also can’t deny you benefits if a family or household member who isn’t applying hasn’t disclosed his or her citizenship or immigration status.
At the same time, if you provide any state or federal agency your social security number or other information about your immigration status, you will not be denied benefits. This information also can’t be used for any immigration enforcement purposes.
For additional resources, check out:
• English: https://www.healthlawhelper.org/
(Click on “Find Out What You Need to Do”)
• Spanish/Español :
http://www.aseguratusalud.org/ (Click on
“Aprende Lo Que Necisitas Hacer”)