Who is a lawfully present immigrant for health insurance purposes?

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Lawfully present immigrants generally include:

  • lawful permanent residents (or “green card holders”);
  • persons fleeing persecution, including refugees and asylees;
  • other humanitarian immigrants, including those granted temporary protected status;
  • Cuban/Haitian entrants;
  • survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other serious crimes; and persons with valid non-immigrant visas such as work or student visas.

For a complete list of qualified immigration statuses for the Marketplace, Medicaid, and CHIP, see


While we have made every effort to provide accurate information in these FAQs, people should contact the health insurance Marketplace or Medicaid agency in their state for guidance on their specific circumstances.

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