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

Immigrant Children & Pregnant Women


CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE forced to wait for health care. Timely coverage can mean the difference between preventing or treating conditions that can affect a child’s long-term prospects for a healthy productive life, and leaving those conditions undetected and untreated. When a child is denied quality care, we may miss the opportunity to diagnose and treat them for conditions such as asthma, autism, and hearing impairments; conditions with life-long consequences for children’s health and well-being.

The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) gives states an opportunity to provide affordable health coverage to many immigrant children and pregnant women through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 extended funding for the CHIP program and makes it cheaper for states to take advantage of this opportunity.

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