California Health Report: Six Million Legal Immigrants May Get Health Coverage under the Affordable Care Act

 By Fran Kritz

The Affordable Care Act is likely to provide health coverage for about six million legal immigrants who have not been able to get coverage previously, according to an issue brief by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, in Washington, D.C.

“Most people do not realize that legal immigrants currently face many obstacles to obtaining health insurance,” said Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH the author of the new report and director of the Center for Health Policy Research at GW. “Such immigrants are three times as likely to be uninsured as those born in the United States.” Without health coverage, they—like other uninsured Americans—often delay or never get potentially life-saving health care, said Ku.

The GW researchers say the new health law is likely to help the legal immigrants find affordable health insurance through health insurance exchanges, with many helped to cover the cost of coverage through  tax credits, or by enrolling in Medicaid.


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