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Immigrants & Health Care: Information from NILC


Letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Reid Urging that Immigrants be Included in Health Care Reform:

"We thank you for your efforts and urge you to ensure that immigrant communities gain meaningful access to the affordable, quality health care they need." (PDF, 3/16/10)

Why Excluding People from the Health Care Exchange is Impractical and Harmful to All of Us.

It’s not about the policy, but the politics. We need more people paying into the Exchange, to make reform work for everyone. Screening out immigrants will harm citizens. Health care reform cannot fix the immigration system. America’s families include immigrants; excluding them will harm everyone.  (9/14/09)

Health Care Reform Toolkit

Advocates need to mobilize to forcefully counter anti-immigrant and anti-health care reform forces who are spreading untruths about immigrants and affordable health care. (8/10/09)

Improving Immigrant Access to Affordable Health Coverage: Analysis of the Massachusetts Health Care System as a Model. 

Although Massachusetts serves as a promising model for how federal health care reform can address the needs of immigrants, improvements to the model are also needed. (5/27/09)


Health Reform Proposals Should Ensure that All Workers Have a Level Playing Field and Can Contribute Toward Affordable Coverage for Themselves and Their Families (5/27/09)

Health Care Expenditures for Immigrants Are Lower Than for Citizens

Immigrants use less health care, on average; they are far less likely to be offered employer-sponsored health coverage; despite their high workforce participation rate, they are more likely to be uninsured; they are less likely to use emergency rooms.  (5/27/09)

Principles of Immigrant Integration in Health Care Reform (compiled by the Coalition for Immigrant Equity in Health Care: APIAHF, CIPC, KRC, MALDEF, NAKASEC, NILC, NCLR, NYIC, & SEARAC). 

"[These] principles should be hallmarks of any policies, campaigns, or messages promoting health care reform in the U.S. and reflect American values of fairness, opportunity, and community." (11/26/08)

Comprehensive Health Care for Immigrants: A Sound Strategy for Fiscal and Public Health (Updated April 2004, PDF)


Federal Policy Guidance Regarding Inquiries into Citizenship, Immigration Status, and Social Security Numbers in State Benefit Application Forms: Summary of Requirements (Updated 2004, PDF)


Prenatal Coverage for Immigrants through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) (Updated 2003, PDF)


Immigrant-Friendly Health Coverage Outreach and Enrollment (Updated June 2002, PDF)