How Will Immigrants Fare Under Obamacare? It's Complicated

The Seattle Times' Lornet Turnbull, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "Together with neighboring Palau and the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia has a special compact with the U.S. under which its people, heavily recruited by the U.S. military, can live and work here indefinitely — but as noncitizens, they are denied certain federal benefits. Afkas, 48, first came to the U.S. a year ago, suffering from diabetes and heart problems, and was immediately diagnosed with kidney failure that requires three-times-a-week dialysis. Last month, he was notified that he lacked sufficient job credits to continue receiving the Medicare coverage he’s depended on to cover some of his medical bills. Now … Afkas is taking stock of his health-care options as the clock counts down to the Oct. 1 opening day for enrolling in health coverage under the federal government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). … For him, it doesn't look so good" (Turnbull, 9/6). Read the story.

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