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Do My Family and I Qualify for Any Type of Health Insurance?

Do My Family and I Qualify for Any Type of Health Insurance?

The ability of an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S. to qualify for health insurance coverage varies widely from one state to another. While there was a proposal by California at one time to allow immigrants with no legal status to purchase medical insurance policies through Covered California, or California’s version of Obamacare, state lawmakers took that proposal off the table in light of the Trump administration’s increased immigration enforcement efforts. However, there are still some options for health insurance coverage available for undocumented immigrants. Immigrants with no legal status can apply through Covered California or their local Medi-Cal office in order to see whether they are eligible for any health care options through Medi-Cal, although the available options and benefits may be limited. These individuals also can purchase private medical insurance policies on their own, outside of Covered California. Some counties also have health insurance programs available for these individuals. However, undocumented immigrants cannot purchase a health insurance policy through Covered California. It is important to realize that applying for health care insurance through Covered California or Medi-Cal does not automatically subject an individual to deportation. Applications for this type of coverage do not affect an individual’s immigration status or his or her chances at becoming a lawful permanent resident or a naturalized citizen in the future. Furthermore, if a family is mixed - containing some family members who are legally present and some who are not - there is no adverse effect on the non-citizen if a U.S. citizen family member applies for benefits, or if a non-citizen applies on behalf of a U.S. citizen for benefits. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., pride themselves on aggressively representing the interests of those immigrants who are facing potential deportation by American immigration authorities. Our goal is to gather evidence in your favor, build on a strong case on your behalf, and develop a strategy that is best designed to help you remain in the United States and move on with your life. The earlier we can get started with your case, the more likely you are to prevail in your deportation proceedings. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn what we can do to assist you.

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