Rep. Deb Haaland introduced legislation last week that would allow undocumented immigrants easier access to health care.
The first-term Democrat, who represents most of the Albuquerque area, unveiled the Health Equity and Access under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act (HEAL Act) with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
The HEAL Act addresses three barriers to health care access for immigrants: It removes the five-year waiting period before immigrants become eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; it enables undocumented people to purchase health insurance plans from the marketplace made available by the Affordable Care Act; and it restores Medicaid eligibility for Compact of Free Association migrants who hail from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.
Jayapal and Haaland worked on the bill with support from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
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