National Immigration Law Center
Sign up for email updates.

Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

Immigrants & Health Care: Other Resources


Undocumented and Uninsured

A study of immigrant youths' struggle to access health care in California

"[T]he first statewide study about and by immigrant youth on health care access. The research team surveyed 550 undocumented and 'DACAmented' (recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Californians between the ages of 18 and 32.... A team comprised of 37 immigrant youth conducted face-to-face surveys with their peers.... The data and analysis in the report reflects the experiences and real-life barriers to health care faced by undocumented people. (Dream Resource Center, 2014.)

Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation

From the executive summary: “This report ... utilizes a human rights framework to critique the ... practice of forced or coerced medical repatriations of immigrant patients.... [P]rivate and public hospitals in the United States are engaged in unlawful, and frequently extrajudicial, deportations of ill or injured immigrant patients to medical facilities abroad, completely circumventing the federal government’s exclusive authority to deport individuals.” (Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School and the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, December 2012.)

A website devoted to this issue has been created:

Key Facts on Health Coverage for Low-Income Immigrants Today and Under Health Reform

A short overview of the immigrant population, health coverage options for low-income immigrants today, and coverage options under health reform. (Kaiser Family Foundation, Feb. 2012.)

Health Reform Hits Main Street

Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012.)

  • La Reforma Del Cuidado De La Salud Llega al Público
    ¿Esta confundido acerca de cómo la nueva ley de reforma de salud realmente funciona? Este video explica los problemas relacionados con el sistema de salud actual, los cambios que están sucediendo ahora, y los cambios importantes que se anticipan para el 2014.

Connecting Eligible Immigrant Families to Health Coverage and Care: Key Lessons from Outreach and Enrollment Workers

"Based on findings from focus groups conducted with outreach and enrollment workers who serve immigrant communities, this report identifies the role of Medicaid and CHIP for immigrant families; key barriers eligible, lawfully residing immigrant families face to enrolling in coverage and accessing care; successful strategies to overcome these barriers; and considerations for implementing the coverage expansion under health reform." (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 10/27/11.)

Immigrants’ Health Coverage and Health Reform: Key Questions and Answers

Overview addresses how immigrants receive health care coverage, how many of the uninsured are noncitizen immigrants, and what would happen to coverage for noncitizen immigrants under current reform proposals. (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Dec. 10, 2009.) 

Immigrants and Health Care Reform: What's Really at Stake?

By Randy Capps, Marc R. Rosenblum, and Michael Fix; Migration Policy Institute, Oct. 2009.  "[P]rovides a roadmap of the key health reform issues, focusing . . . on two populations likely to remain at the center of policy debates: [LPRs] with less than five years of legal residency, and unauthorized immigrants. [A]ddresses legal immigrants' eligibility for Medicaid and health insurance subsidies and their inclusion in individual mandates, and strategies for screening out unauthorized immigrants."

From the Immigration Policy Center:

Including Legal Immigrants in Health Care Reform: Just What the Doctor Ordered (Aug. 19, 2009). 

HEADINGS: Who are legal immigrants? | Why excluding legal immigrants doesn't make sense. | The more people who pay into a health insurance system, the more everyone benefits. | As the U.S. population ages, the more people paying into the system, the more increased costs will be spread out.

Sharing the Costs, Sharing the Benefits: Inclusion is the Best Medicine

(Fact sheet, 7/22/09.)

Including Immigrants in Health Care Reform Makes Economic Sense

(Blog post, 7/15/09.)

The "Healthy Migrant" Effect

By Katherine Fennelly, PhD, excerpted from Healthy Generations, Vol. 5, Issue 3, Feb. 2005, published by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  Dr. Fennelly is co-editor of Healthy Generations.

Five Basic Facts About Immigrants and Their Health Care

Kaiser Family Foundation, 3/08.

Immigrants in the U.S. Health Care System: Five Myths That Misinform the American Public

By Meredith King Ledford, published by: Center for American Progress, 6/7/07).

Why Immigrants Lack Adequate Access to Health Care and Health Insurance

By Leighton Ku, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, published in Migration Information Source, Sept. 2006.

The Role of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage for Immigrants: A Primer

Kaiser Family Foundation, 7/06.

Resources on Immigrants and Health Care Coverage

Link to a page containing links to resources compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation's Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Immigrants and the U.S. Health Care System

California Immigrant Policy Center, 1/07, PDF.