A story in the autumn issue of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health magazine about the future of immigrant health in the post-Affordable Care Act world featured four Center representatives – Associate Directors Ninez Ponce and Steven Wallace, Director of Research Nadereh Pourat, and Faculty Associate Arturo Vargas Bustamante.
The story said that while some legal immigrants benefitted from reforms, many have been left out because they are ineligible for Medicare of Medi-Cal if they have lived in the country less than five years. And the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country also are ineligible for Medicare or Medi-Cal and ineligible to buy insurance on a government-run exchange because of their legal status, despite being part of the country’s economic engine.
“Our estimates project no change in insurance coverage for undocumented immigrants — they have access problems now, and the ACA will do nothing to improve that,” said Wallace.
Read the story.