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Making the Affordable Care Act Work for Immigrants in California (PDF)

This report examines these aspects of health care reform that affect immigrants: affordability of health care for lawfully present immigrants, the complex issues that face mixed-status families, and preserving access to health care for undocumented immigrants. (California Immigrant Policy Center, Spring 2012.)


Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A 2012 State To-Do List for Exchanges, Private Coverage, and Medicaid (PDF)

Recommends a series of tasks and issues to consider in 2012 in order to move forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the states.(Much more information about the ACA and its implementation is available from the Families USA website.) (Families USA, February 2012.)


The Health Care Exchange Cookbook (PDF)

Recipes for consumer advocates to build consumer-friendly health care exchanges at the state level. (Alliance for a Just Society, Winter 2012.)

Information from the Federal Government


From HealthCare.gov

What Do Immigrant Families Need to Know about the Marketplace?

A webpage on the ACA website, HealthCare.gov, that answers questions about immigrants’ access to the health insurance marketplaces. Includes information on these topics: lawfully present immigrants’ eligibility for subsidies, immigrant access to Medicaid and CHIP, whether the ACA raises public charge concerns (it doesn’t), mixed-status families’ options for care and coverage, and the collection and use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) and immigration status information.

Citizenship and Immigration Status Questions

This webpage on HealthCare.gov mostly is about determining whether an applicant for health insurance through the federal health care marketplace is a U.S. citizen or national.

Immigration Status and the Marketplace

Lists the immigration statuses that, if a person has one of them, makes him or her eligible to get health care coverage through the ACA marketplace. Also lists the documents that people with qualifying immigration statuses can present to show they have a particular status.

Immigration Document Types

A list of the documents that can be used to establish the applicant's immigration status. It's also possible to see an example of what each document looks like by clicking on the name of the document.

How Do I Resolve an Inconsistency?

This HealthCare.gov page defines inconsistencies as "situations where we must confirm information that you submitted, or we need you to submit more information." It then lists documents that can be submitted "to resolve different types of inconsistencies."


From Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Citizenship & Immigration Questions on the Marketplace Application

“When you fill out your application on HealthCare.gov for Marketplace coverage, you may be asked questions about your citizenship and immigration status. This fact sheet will give you more information on how to answer these questions and where to get help, if you need it.”

Materials in Other Languages

Official health insurance marketplace resources in languages other than English.


From U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Clarification of Existing Practices Related to Certain Health Care Information

A memo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that confirms that immigrant parents can enroll their U.S. citizen children and other eligible family members in health insurance programs under the ACA without triggering immigration enforcement activity.

Clarificación de prácticas existentes relacionadas a algunas informaciones del cuidado de la salud

Un memorando de U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) que confirma que los padres inmigrantes pueden inscribir a sus hijos ciudadanos estadounidenses y a otros miembros elegibles de su familia en los programas de seguro de salud del ACA sin desencadenar la actividad de control de la inmigración.


From Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Refugees and the Affordable Care Act

“Refugees who are admitted to the United States meet the immigration status eligibility requirements for immediate access to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many other immigrant groups in the U.S. have to wait five years before they are eligible for public benefits like Medicaid. Knowing the difference can help you with your ACA outreach and enrollment activities.”