Resources on Immigrant Health Coverage Eligibility Rules

Resources from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) put together downloadable resources on eligibility rules for immigrants applying for health coverage:

Immigrants and the ACA – An explanation of how immigrants are included in health care reform per provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Overview of Immigrant Eligibility for Federal Programs (PDF) – General rules for federal non-emergency Medicaid and CHIP, defining “qualified” vs “not qualified” immigrants and including what “qualified” immigration statuses are subject to the five-year bar (see page two for eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP).

“Lawfully Present” Individuals Eligible under the Affordable Care Act (PDF) – Information on the immigration statuses that are considered “lawfully present” under the ACA.

Typical Documents Used by Lawfully Present Immigrants (PDF) – A guide to different documents needed when applying for coverage on the Marketplace.

Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrants in Various States (PDF) – Describes state policies for providing health coverage to groups of immigrants, under federal options to cover lawfully residing children and pregnant women, regardless of their date of entry into the U.S., or to provide prenatal care to women regardless of status, using CHIP funds. It also describes immigrant coverage under programs using exclusively state funds.

For more information, please see additional resources from NILC.