Biden expands health insurance access for DACA immigrants – ET HealthWorld

Washington: US President Joe Biden’s administration will allow some immigrants brought to the US illegally as children greater access to federal walking health insuranceThe white House said Friday, addressing a sensitive issue ahead of the elections in November.

With the move, an estimated 100,000 previously uninsured participants were included deferred action For early childhood arrival programDACA is expected to expand enrollment in the health insurance marketplace and the basic health program, both created under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said.

The DACA program was launched in 2012 under former President Barack Obama, with Biden as his vice president. The program provides deportation relief and work permits to so-called “Dreamer” immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children or overstayed their visas.

“The Dreamers are our loved ones, our nurses, teachers and small business owners,” Biden said in a statement. “And they deserve the promise of health care just like the rest of us.”

DACA enrollees will receive access to related financial assistance, such as tax credits and lower out-of-pocket costs, under the changes, which take effect Nov. 1, according to a White House fact sheet.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about any costs to the US government.

Immigration has emerged as a top issue for voters ahead of the US presidential election in November, pitting Democrat Biden against Republican former President Donald Trump. Biden has sought to balance a tough approach to border security with policies that protect asylum seekers and others in the US illegally.

Trump, A immigration radicalTried to end DACA during his presidency but was rejected US Supreme Court, About 530,000 people are currently enrolled in the program, which is subject to an ongoing legal battle.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday that people without health care insurance delay prevention or routine medical careWhich leads to unnecessary costs later.

According to a White House fact sheet, the regulation would provide DACA participants access to the basic health program, which serves low-income residents.

The change will not open access to the other two low income programsMedicaid and children’s health insurance programme, as initially proposed in 2023.

  • Published on May 3, 2024 at 05:01 pm IST

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