Ensuring affordable health coverage and healthcare for immigrant populations in the United States is critical to advancing health equity. This series will examine a range of strategies that states have at their disposal to help extend coverage to immigrant populations, including those who do not qualify for subsidized health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or other public programs due to immigration status.
The latest issue brief in the series, "State Spotlight: California’s Landmark Coverage Expansion for Immigrant Populations,” explores California’s approach to expanding health coverage to all lower-income residents, regardless of immigration status, in an effort to help the state’s 3.2 million individuals who remain uninsured, 65% of whom are undocumented. Building on California’s model, other states can similarly extend Medicaid- and CHIP-based health insurance to their lower-income residents, regardless of immigration status.
Absent new federal policy and funding options, states seeking to advance universal coverage and health equity will continue to lead the way in innovating and advancing coverage solutions for immigrant populations.
State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS) assists states in their efforts to transform health and healthcare by providing targeted technical assistance to state officials and agencies. The program is a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by staff at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. The program connects states with experts and peers to undertake healthcare transformation initiatives. By engaging state officials, the program provides lessons learned, highlights successful strategies and brings together states with experts in the field. Learn more at www.shvs.org.
State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is an independent, multi-disciplinary health policy research center, housed in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on state policy. SHADAC produces rigorous, policy-driven analyses and translates its complex research findings into actionable information for states. Learn more at www.shadac.org.
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Survey findings on the American health mindset and COVID-19 experiences may reflect an American recognition of the interdependence inherent in pandemics and the benefit from proactively addressing the issue beyond U.S. borders to truly be on the path to pandemic recovery.
State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar that provided an overview of eligibility standards for evacuees and strategies that states can deploy to expeditiously enroll people into health coverage in order to access care.
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