Due to existing restrictions in federal law, millions of immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid and other public health insurance programs. For example, individuals living in the U.S. under the Compacts of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are categorically ineligible for Medicaid, as are those without green cards or those who have had legal permanent resident status for less than five years. As a result, 31% of noncitizens are uninsured, compared to 8% of naturalized citizens and 7% of native born citizens. Any expansion of coverage for testing or treatment of COVID-19 must include all immigrants, regardless of status.
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- COFA, COVID-19, Medicaid, Medicaid Restoration