As far as Medicaid/Medicare/Obamacare eligibility?
I found out these little tidbits when pursuing AHIP Certification (needed to provide Medicare/Medicaid insurance to my customers).
From the Government website:
Lawfully present immigrants are eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The term “lawfully present” includes immigrants who have:
- “Qualified non-citizen” immigration status without a waiting period (see details below)
- Humanitarian statuses or circumstances (including Temporary Protected Status, Special Juvenile Status, asylum applicants, Convention Against Torture, victims of trafficking)
- Valid non-immigrant visas – hmmm, wonder if this covers the many visitors – many of whom never return to their home countries.
- Legal status conferred by other laws (temporary resident status, LIFE Act, Family Unity individuals) See a full list of immigration statuses eligible for Marketplace coverage.
That full list:
Immigrants with the following statuses qualify to use the Marketplace:
- Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR/Green Card holder)
- Cuban/Haitian Entrant
- Paroled into the U.S. I have NO idea what this is.
- Conditional Entrant Granted before 1980
- Battered Spouse, Child and Parent – can’t get health care? Claim you husband hits you.
- Victim of Trafficking and his/her Spouse, Child, Sibling or Parent
- Granted Withholding of Deportation or Withholding of Removal, under the immigration laws or under the Convention against Torture (CAT)
- Individual with Non-immigrant Status, includes worker visas (such as H1, H-2A, H-2B), student visas, U-visa, T-visa, and other visas, and citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)
- Deferred Action Status (Exception: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is not an eligible immigration status for applying for health insurance)
- Lawful Temporary Resident
- Administrative order staying removal issued by the Department of Homeland Security
- Member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe or American Indian Born in Canada – so, why can’t they use the WONDERFUL Single-Payer system of Canada?
- Resident of American Samoa
Applicants for any of these statuses qualify to use the Marketplace:
- Temporary Protected Status with Employment Authorization
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – sounds like many of the latest invaders would qualify
- Victim of Trafficking Visa
- Adjustment to LPR Status
- Asylum (see note below)
- Withholding of Deportation, or Withholding of Removal, under the immigration laws or under the Convention against Torture (CAT) (see note below)
Applicants for asylum are eligible for Marketplace coverage only if they’ve been granted employment authorization or are under the age of 14 and have had an application pending for at least 180 days.
People with the following statuses and who have employment authorization qualify for the Marketplace:
- Registry Applicants
- Order of Supervision
- Applicant for Cancellation of Removal or Suspension of Deportation
- Applicant for Legalization under Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
- Legalization under the LIFE Act
Did you see that part about DACA recipients NOT being eligible for Obamacare?
Well, that’s technically correct. What that page DOESN’T tell you is that some of the states allow DACA recipients to get Medicaid – which is a program funded by the Federal Government to assist states in paying for poor citizens.
Which, the DACA peeps are not. Citizens, that is.
Other access to care available to undocumented immigrants and to DACA grantees include limited emergency services paid for by Medicaid, including labor and delivery for childbirth. Safety net programs that are available to all regardless of immigration status include immunizations, treatment at Community Health Centers and other Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Migrant Health Centers, financial assistance or charity care at hospitals, insurance at full cost offered outside the Marketplaces, and employer-sponsored health insurance, if offered. Over 50 percent of DACA grantees became employed at a job that provided health insurance or other benefits; despite DACA termination, their health insurance should remain in effect as long as the employment lasts, after which they can continue insurance through COBRA. Finally, a number of local jurisdictions provide health services for their residents regardless of immigration status, including some places where many DACA grantees live, e.g.: Los Angeles County, CA; Cook County, IL (includes Chicago); New York City, NY; and Washington, DC.
So, the next time you are self-righteously informed that DACA “kids” are ineligible or ACA (Obamacare), you’ll know the FACTS – that, thanks to OTHER programs, this is more of a pebble in the road. Of course, the Left will worm around the system to find some way to qualify their precious Undocumented Voters for the full scope of freebies that the taxpayers will be forced to provide.