Immigrant Eligibility for Health Programs in California

Immigrant Eligibility for Health Programs in California

On November 17, 2015, the National Immigration Law Center hosted for a webinar on“Immigrant Eligibility and Enrollment for Health Programs in California.”

The topics discussed were:

  • Eligibility for Medi-Cal and Covered California.
  • Health care programs open to all immigrants, including the expansion of Medi-Cal to children who meet income and residency requirements regardless of their immigration status.
  • Responses to immigrant and mixed–immigration status families’ concerns about applying for health coverage, including the “public charge” rules.

NILC attorneys will share their expertise and experience, and we will discuss best practices for enrolling in health coverage.

Gabrielle Lessard is a NILC health policy attorney. A public interest lawyer for over 20 years, Gabrielle served as NILC’s first health policy attorney from 2001 to 2005 and rejoined the organization in 2013. Besides her work at NILC, Gabrielle has also been legal director of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, a lecturer at UC Berkeley Law School, and an independent attorney and consultant to tax-exempt organizations. She received a juris doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Mayra Joachin is a Social Justice Fellow at NILC. She focuses on improving access to affordable health care coverage for uninsured immigrants through policy analysis, consumer advocacy, working directly with affected individuals, and impact litigation. Before coming to NILC, Mayra interned at the Public Law Center’s Immigration Unit and was a judicial extern for Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mayra holds a juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School.

You can watch the webinar here.

A PDF of the slide presentation can be downloaded here.