Skip to comments.States work around Obamacare to help undocumented immigrants
Posted on 04/10/2014 9:25:30 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
aira Murillo is just one of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country who was specifically excluded from signing up for the Affordable Care Act, but it wasn't until recently that she found a way around the system.
"I didn't realize that as a DACA recipient, I would also be eligible to receive health insurance. It was thanks to a professor who told me and other undocumented students about our eligibility for Medi-Cal," Murillo told CNN en Español.
Deferred status, or DACA, refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted in 2012. It grants some undocumented youths temporary work authorization and a two-year reprieve from deportation.
"States like California and New York have realized that because of their higher undocumented immigrant population, it makes more sense to offer preventative care regardless of legal status," said Alvaro Huerta, staff attorney for the National Immigration Law Center.
In the meantime, California, Washington state, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Washington, D.C., offer health insurance to low-income individuals granted deferred status.
It's creative workaround of the ACA restrictions because the states are not using federal funds for the programs.
"Normally, someone with deferred action status would be considered lawfully present for all purposes on a federal level, which would mean that those DACA grantees would've been included in the ACA except that was changed about two months after the DACA program was announced," Huerta said.
The administration still has time to reverse the rule because it haven't released a finalized rule, Huerta added.
No access to those federal tax credits
Being DACA grantees also means that in addition to being given a valid Social Security number and the chance to get a driver's license, they are also given a work permit, on which they pay state and federal taxes.
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Most gringos don’t mind paying for healthcare for illegals. Forty seven percent don’t have any “skin and the game” and aren’t paying any taxes anyway. It’s no skin off their ***.
How nice! Where do I sign up for free healthcare from Mexico?
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