Friday, February 24, 2012

Undocumented Immigrants will Remain Uninsured Under Health Care Reform

At the hospital where I work, a large portion of the patients we see and care for are undocumented immigrants.  Under the new health care reform laws set to take effect, many people who currently don't have health insurance will get coverage.  However, undocumented immigrants (estimated to be between 4 and 7 million) will  remain uninsured under health care reform.  Undocumented immigrants will remain ineligible for Medicaid and will also be prohibited from buying private health coverage in the exchanges.  These individuals will have to continue to receive health care from any available state programs, like the one available in our county.

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