Affordable Care Act and Immigrants

The ACLU of California created in collaboration with our friends at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) a fact sheet which gives a summary of how the Affordable Care Act (also known as ACA and “Obamacare”) applies to immigrants and migrants in California.

The document describes what the ACA is, and then describes in detail what each group of immigrants or migrants can expect from the ACA, and what their responsibilities are.

There is a handy chart showing each group’s eligibility, and a lengthy list of resources for more detailed information.

Here’s the report in English.
Here is a “cheat sheet” with the main points for each immigrant/migrant group.
Aquí está el informe en español.
Aquí está una hoja informativa con los principales puntos para cada grupo de inmigrantes y emigrantes.

In addition, in May 2014 the ACLU of San Diego teamed up again with CIPC, along with National Immigration Law Center (NILC), to present “Healthcare Reform and Immigration Status in California.” A recording of the webinar and slides are available below. The presentation describes:

  • Basics of the Affordable Care Act, including Medi-Cal expansion, Covered California, the Individual Mandate, and Special Enrollment Periods;
  • Eligibility for Medi-Cal and Covered California, as well as applicability of the individual mandate, based on immigration status;
  • Challenges of enrollment for immigrant families, including fear of negative immigration consequences; and
  • Senator Lara’s Health for All Act (SB 1005), which would provide coverage options for undocumented Californians, and how you can get involved.

Here are the slides.