How Can I Get Health Insurance for Myself or My Children if I Am Undocumented?

How Can I Get Health Insurance for Myself or My Children if I Am Undocumented?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all Americans and immigrants legally present in the U.S. to have maintain health insurance, unless they qualify for an exemption. However, if you have no legal immigration status, you are exempt from the requirement that you obtain health insurance. Nonetheless, it is essential to have insurance coverage to pay for the high costs of medical treatment should you suffer a sudden injury or illness. In the state of California, both documented and undocumented immigrants can see if they are eligible for any health plan through Covered California or Medi-Cal. While immigrants with no legal status currently cannot purchase an insurance plan through Covered California, they could be eligible for some limited health care options through Medi-Cal. Undocumented immigrants also have the option to buy private health insurance outside of Covered California, although doing so very well be cost-prohibitive. Additionally, there are some California counties that might offer alternative sources of health care for undocumented immigrants. Those who are participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program also considered to be undocumented immigrants, and thus perhaps eligible for some of the health care coverage described above. Furthermore, individuals with no legal immigration status can apply for health insurance coverage for their legally present household members, such as children. This means that even if you are an undocumented immigrant, you can apply for medical coverage for your U.S. citizen or otherwise legally present children through Covered California or Medi-Cal. It does not matter if you have no legal immigration status. You need only provide proof that your relative or child is legally present in the U.S. in order to make him or her potentially eligible for coverage. Obtaining health insurance in the current political climate can be difficult, but it is necessary to have insurance coverage in order help you and your family avoid big medical bills that can result from a sudden injury or illness. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, no matter what the allegations may be. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today, and discover what we can do for you.
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