In Some States, Medicaid Expansion Intersects With Immigration Issues

News outlets examine how federal and state provisions on health care coverage set out an uneven landscape for low-income Americans, legal immigrants and those who came to the country illegally as children and who were given legal status for two-year periods.

Los Angeles Times: Report: 125,000 Immigrants Given Deferred Action Eligible For Medi-Cal
A new report shows that as many as 125,000 young California immigrants may qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules does offer coverage for those with "deferred action status" (Karlamangla, 2/25).

Kaiser Health News: Could Medicaid Expansion Debate Turn Into An Immigration Issue?
Florida lawmakers backing expansion of the state’s Medicaid program plan to mount a new argument this legislative session: That voting against extending the program would deprive low-income U.S. citizens of access to insurance that’s available to some legal immigrants (Appleby and Borns, 2/26).

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