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I’m an immigrant. Can I purchase health coverage?

Generally yes. Please see the Department of Health and Human Services’ list of immigration statuses that qualify for coverage in the Marketplace (http://1.usa.gov/1pyQWPh) and factsheet on citizenship and immigration questions http://bit.ly/2gpctMl).

I’m a U.S. national, COFA migrant or other non-citizen. Do I have options for health coverage?

Individuals with a non-immigrant status, such as citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau, are considered lawfully present and are eligible for Marketplace coverage and subsidies. Residents of American Samoa and individuals with a valid worker or student visa are also eligible.

Some members of my family are legal immigrants or citizens and some are undocumented. Can those with legal status still enroll in a health plan in the Marketplace and receive financial help?

Yes. Citizens and lawfully present immigrants can apply for health coverage in the Marketplace. Even if you are not eligible for coverage yourself, you can still apply for coverage on behalf of family members who may be eligible.

I’m an immigrant. Can I enroll in Medicaid or CHIP?

Eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP is more restricted for immigrants and varies from state to state. Please contact your state Medicaid office for

I am an undocumented immigrant. Do I have new options for health coverage?

No. Health reform does not provide coverage for undocumented immigrants. Existing laws allow undocumented immigrants to seek services through Emergency Medicaid, community health centers, and other safety net providers.