Health Care

dacaIn an era of budget cuts at the local, state, and federal levels, protecting our societal safety net and ensuring affordable access to quality health care for everyone is more critical now than ever before. NILC works to prevent immigrant families from being excluded from vital health care and safety-net programs, promotes policies that enhance fundamental safety-net protections for all those living in the United States.

Health Care InformationLitigation

Privacy Protections in Selected Federal Benefits Programs
Is It Safe to Apply for Health Insurance or Seek Health Care?
Conozca sus derechos: ¿Es arriesgado solicitar un seguro de salud o recibir cuidado de salud?
Immigration Enforcement at Health Care Facilities: Providers’ and Patients’ Rights

U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021
Analysis of Health and Benefit Provisions in the U.S. Citizenship Act

The Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Facts and Resources
Tips for Addressing Immigrant Families’ Concerns When Applying for Health Coverage Programs (for health coverage assisters)
Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Inmigrantes y la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA)
The Affordable Care Act & Mixed-Status Families
”Lawfully Present” Individuals Eligible under the Affordable Care Act
A Quick Guide to Immigrant Eligibility for ACA and Key Federal Means-tested Programs

The Affordable Care Act and Taxes
Immigrants, Taxes, and the Affordable Care Act
Immigrants & Exemptions from the ACA Individual Mandate
DACAmented and Undocumented Immigrants and the Obamacare Tax Penalty
Inmigrantes con DACA e inmigrantes indocumentados y la multa de Obamacare

Other Affordable Care Act Issues
Resolving Citizenship or Immigration Status Inconsistencies or Data-Matching Problems for People Who Use the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (English and Spanish)
The Use (and Overuse) of Credit History: Credit-based ID Verification Creates Barriers to ACA Access
Exclusion of People Granted “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from Affordable Health Care

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) & Access to Health Care
Resources | COVID-19 Crisis and Consequences
Update on Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Their Families

Public Charge
Overview of and Guidance on Public Charge: When is it safe to use public benefits?

President’s Proclamation Requiring Health Insurance
Summary: President’s Proclamation Requiring Immigrants
to Have Health Insurance

Immigrant Children & Pregnant People
“Lawfully Residing” Children and Pregnant Women Eligible for Medicaid and CHIP
Documents Typically Used by Lawfully Present Immigrants
Facts About Federal Funding for States to Provide Health Coverage to Immigrant Children and Pregnant Women
Health Coverage Maps: Immigrant Children & Pregnant People
Unaccompanied Children and Health Care

Uninsured Immigrants & the Health Care Safety Net
Tracking DACA Recipients’ Access to Health Care
Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrants in Various States
The Consequences of Being Uninsured

California Extends Health Coverage to Undocumented Children
Get More Information on How to Apply

Increasing Access to Insurance Benefits Everyone
Health Consequences of Being Uninsured
Health System Impacts
Economic Impacts

Training Videos: Health Care Options and Barriers
Health Care Options for Immigrants: Options and Barriers (presentations in English & Spanish)

ACA Resources from Other Organizations
Health Coverage for Immigrants (
Refugees and the Affordable Care Act (Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)