Issue Brief: Health Reform: What’s in it for immigrants?

Posted August 16, 2010 by arianne

Immigrants face many barriers in getting health insurance. They are less likely to work for employers that offer insur-ance, are not eligible for many public programs, and often have language barriers. Many have only the fragmented safety-net system of clinics and hospitals to turn to for health care.

The new law is meant to bring down the cost of health care for everyone. However, it does not go far enough to extend those benefits to our immi-grant populations. On the contrary, the law may make it harder for some immigrants to find affordable care.