California Healthline: Exchange, Immigration Advocates Urge Enrollment by Mixed Status Families

by David Gorn

On Wednesday, immigration advocates linked arms with Covered California officials and other government representatives to assure families of mixed immigration status that their personal information would not be shared.

Many members of mixed-status families have balked at enrolling in Medi-Cal or Covered California over concerns that application information might end up in the hands of immigration authorities. That won’t happen, according to Pedro Ribiero, assistant director of public affairs for immigration and customs enforcement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Immigration status should not be a barrier to getting coverage,” Ribiero said. “Some people are reluctant to do so. They’re concerned that information they use to apply for health care coverage will be accessed by immigration officials.”

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