Raising Women’s Voices

Health care policy regarding care for our undocumented immigrants

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 31, 2008

The federal government holds an ambiguous stance on the  provision of health care to undocumented immigrants, so the range and nature of health (and other) benefits available to them is extremely variable across state lines.  In 1986, the federal government ruled against providing the same care to undocumented immigrants as it does to poor citizens, with the exception of treatment in the case of “emergency.”  Of course, this term is open to wide interpretation.  States’ policies toward providing care to their undocumented inhabitants “reflect the nation’s conflicting attitudes toward its estimated 12 million [undocumented] immigrants.”

For the full story behind this post, see the article from Oct. 29 in the Los Angeles Times.

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