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Health Coverage of Immigrants

This brief provides an overview of health coverage for noncitizens and discusses key issues for health coverage and care for immigrant families today

Medicaid: What to Watch in 2019 from the Administration, Congress, and the States

Medicaid, the provider of health insurance coverage for about one in five Americans and the largest payer for long-term care services in the community and nursing homes, continues to be a key part of health policy debates at the federal and state level. Important Medicaid issues to watch in 2019 include Medicaid expansion developments amid ongoing litigation about the ACA’s constitutionality as well as Medicaid demonstration waiver activities, including those focused on work requirements and other eligibility restrictions. States are also likely to continue to pursue initiatives to address the opioid crisis, and the recent passage of bi-partisan legislation with new tools and financing could bolster these efforts. Primary areas of federal policy to watch in 2019 with implications for Medicaid include the expiration of temporary funding for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in the absence of legislative action as well as potential regulatory changes to public charge policies that would likely lead to Medicaid enrollment declines among immigrant families. Finally, reforms in benefits, payment and delivery systems continue to evolve as states and the federal government focus on managed care, social determinants of health, prescription drugs, and community based long-term care. While beyond the scope of this brief, Congress and states could also consider broader health reform that could expand the role of public programs in health care including Medicare for All or Medicaid buy-in programs that could have significant implications for Medicaid.

Conversation on Health Care and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Health care ranks among the top issues voters want to hear candidates talk about on the campaign trail, with costs being the most concerning health issue for voters. Meanwhile, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be challenged in the judicial system with the latest case potentially…

Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Policies Could Lead to Declines in Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment as Immigrant Families Face Rising Fear and Uncertainty About Using Public Programs

As the Trump administration proposes changes to federal “public charge” policies, the resulting fear and uncertainty among immigrant families about using public programs could drive down enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, potentially by millions of people, a new analysis by KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation) shows.…

Estimated Impacts of the Proposed Public Charge Rule on Immigrants and Medicaid

On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration released a proposed rule to change “public charge” policies that govern how the use of public benefits may affect individuals’ ability to obtain legal permanent resident (LPR) status. This analysis provides new estimates of the rule’s potential impacts.

Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Policies for Immigrants: Implications for Health Coverage

A draft version of a proposed rule by the Trump Administration would make changes to “public charge” policies that govern how use of public benefits may affect individuals’ immigration status. This fact sheet provides an overview of the proposed changes and their implications for legal immigrant families and their predominantly U.S.-born citizen children.

When a Family Member is Detained or Deported, Immigrant Families Often Face Financial Hardship, Physical and Emotional Health Consequences and New Fears of Engaging with Public Programs

As the Trump Administration pursues enhanced enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, a new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation documents how the detention or deportation of an individual can have major effects on families and communities. They include sudden and severe financial hardship and emotional trauma that can…

Family Consequences of Detention/Deportation: Effects on Finances, Health, and Well-Being

This report examines the direct consequences to family finances, health, and well-being when a member of the household is detained or deported. It is based on 20 in-person interviews with families who recently had a family member detained or deported and 12 telephone interviews with health centers, legal services providers, educators, and community organizations serving immigrant families in California, Texas, and the Washington, DC area.

One Year After the Storm: Texas Gulf Coast Residents’ Views and Experiences with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

The Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation Harvey Anniversary Survey examines the views, experiences, and long-term recovery needs of vulnerable Gulf Coast Texans who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. This survey – a follow-up to a survey conducted by the partners 3 months after the storm – measures residents’ challenges with housing, financial assistance, health care, and mental health, as well as views on priorities and preparedness moving forward. It finds many challenges are especially salient for affected residents who are Black, Hispanic, or have lower incomes, as well as those who experienced major home damage or remain displaced from their homes.

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