Updated August 2023
Many non-citizens in the United States are eligible for health coverage through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or subsidized plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces. In Healthcare.gov, non-citizens applying for coverage for themselves are asked to select from a drop down list of immigration document types and to provide specific numbers from their documents to prove their immigration status. This information is used by Healthcare.gov to verify applicants meet the immigration status requirement for enrollment. Those not applying for coverage are not asked to provide information about their status.
This reference guide walks through examples of the different immigration document types that can be used in Healthcare. gov and notes where different document numbers are located.
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Note: This list is not a comprehensive list of all documents eligible immigrants may have and does not address what should be done if someone does not have one of the documents on the Healthcare.gov list. For more information on statuses that are considered an “eligible immigration status” for ACA Marketplaces, Medicaid and CHIP, see our immigrant-related resources.