Millions of undocumented immigrants live in the U.S. without proper healthcare. Having access to health insurance – especially now – is an integral part of creating a better community. So many providers have been opening their clinics to everyone regardless of status. But it has been overwhelming and limited.
A couple of weeks ago our immigration law firm in Los Angeles discussed how to navigate the healthcare system. We detailed your options and explained eligibility requirements. In this week’s blog, we will be answering frequently asked questions about healthcare – especially if you intend to apply for a green card.
I’m worried that my information will get shared with immigration officials. If I apply for health insurance, do I need to worry?
No! The information should only be used to determine whether you and/or your family is eligible. It does not get shared with immigration officials.
Can I get barred from applying for citizenship once I receive health benefits?
Applying or receiving medical coverage from programs like Medicaid does not impact your chances of applying for citizenship or becoming a lawful permanent resident. Because of the recent changes in immigration law, we encourage you to reach out to our Los Angeles permanent residency lawyer to start the application process.
What documents do I need to provide?
It varies by immigration status. Qualifying immigrants need official documentation to apply and enroll in Marketplace coverage. A few examples include:
- Employment Authorization Document (I-766)
- Arrival/Departure Record (I-94/I-94A)
- Foreign Passport
- Green Card (I-551)
- Alien registration or USCIS Number (I-94)
Before applying, it is best to consult with an immigration lawyer from the Law Offices of Todd Becraft.
Where can I find more information on medical coverage in California?
To look for more suitable health plans in California, visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to speak with a representative. The number is toll-free and available 24/7. Over 150 languages are available if English is not your first language. Local health centers, immigration centers, and programs might offer additional information as well!