A new bill is proposed to make health coverage more accessible to immigrants
Several House Democrats have introduced a new bill aimed at making health benefits more accessible to immigrants in the United States. One of the main sponsors of the bill, Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, stated that “we must finally guarantee health care to everyone as a human right, regardless of immigration status, income, employment or anything else “.
The bill would eliminate a five-year waiting period that legal permanent residents of the United States would currently have to go through before they can enroll in Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program. The bill would also expand access to different types of coverage for DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” who entered the United States as children. Finally, the bill would remove restrictions that prevent stateless immigrants from acquiring health insurance through the market created by the Affordable Care Act.
The bill faces an upward battle; while more than 80 lawmakers have already expressed their support, it still has no Republican support. Norris McLaughlin’s blog on immigration law, “Immigration is Important,” will continue to oversee this story as it unfolds.
A recent survey by the University of Monmouth indicates that most New Jersey residents no longer see undocumented immigrants as a “very serious problem” for the state, a stark contrast to public opinion just ten years ago. . These new attitudes have led to growing state support for making each resident eligible for a driver’s license regardless of immigration status, as well as allowing undocumented immigrants to attend public schools and universities. of New Jersey with state tuition fees.
Support for providing driving licenses to undocumented immigrants has nearly doubled in the past decade, with 57% of New Jersey residents declaring their support for the policy, compared to 33% of respondents in 2009. Opposition to politics fell from 62% to 41%. in this same period, as did attitudes toward undocumented immigrants as a whole. Although 51% of New Jersey residents in 2009 stated that undocumented immigrants posed a very serious problem, today only 24% feel that way. In addition, the survey found that approximately 75% of people believe that undocumented immigrants should be able to attend public schools and universities, although the question of whether state tuition should be paid or not. outside the state it was much more divided.