The bill is a powerful step in improving the health outcomes for immigrant families.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 13, 2014
LULAC supports the introduction of the Health, Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014. Through HEAL Immigrant Women and Families Act, lawfully present immigrants would be given access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by eliminating the current five-year bar on enrollment and the outdated and restrictive list of “qualified” immigrants. In addition, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would be able to participate in health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act and are able to enroll in Medicaid or CHIP.
“The bill is a powerful step in improving the health outcomes for immigrant families,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “The current law restricts these hard-working Americans from having access to a valuable resource which would improve their quality of life.”
At last month’s LULAC Legislative Conference over 200 advocates gathered to participate in discussions on issues that most impact the Latino community. At the conference, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she would be introducing the HEAL Immigrant Women and Families Act. To watch the announcement, click here.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit http://www.LULAC.org.