Some undocumented young people will be granted work authorization and deferred action under President Barack Obama’s June directive, but they won’t be eligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed in a rule amendment earlier this week.
The Affordable Care Act allows non-citizens who are “lawfully present in the United States” to participate in high-risk pools and exchanges, along with premium credits and cost-sharing subsidies, so long as they are otherwise eligible.
Undocumented immigrants are barred from receiving those same benefits under the health care law, but there was some confusion as to whether young people granted deferred action would be eligible until HHS issued its clarification earlier this week. Those granted deferred action, like other undocumented immigrants, will continue to be barred from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the Miami Herald.
For full article see: Affordable Care Act Won’t Apply To Immigrants Granted Deferred Action
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