Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

April 24, 2017

Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Lawfully present immigrants can qualify to purchase an affordable healthcare policy through the ACA, often with premium subsidies and share-of-costs. And the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida’s navigators, who are multi-lingual, can help with the enrollment process.

If your immigration status has changed, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) now without needing to wait for open enrollment in November, 2017. Call EFOF at 877-553-7453 for an appointment.

A few things immigrant families need to know about Marketplace coverage:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully present in the U.S. to be eligible for Marketplace coverage.
  • You may need to submit documents to prove your citizenship or immigration status. Your information will never be used for immigration enforcement purposes.
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen or lawfully present, you may be able to get Medicaid for emergency medical conditions, which includes labor and delivery.
  • You may be able to get help with your health care costs through the Marketplace, even during your 5-year wait.
  • You be eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP of Kidcare in Florida) if you’re a U.S. citizen or have a “qualified” immigration status.
  • In some states, lawfully present children and/or pregnant women may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (Kidcare).
  • You may need to wait 5 years after you get “qualified” immigration status to get Medicaid or CHIP.

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