New York Immigration Coalition Supports Continued Health Care for New York DACA Recipients, Reported by Newsday

Posted on January 25, 2018

Cuomo announces continuation of health coverage for Dreamers

Originally Posted by Newsday on January 23, 2018
Written by Víctor Manuel Ramos

The status of the so-called Dreamers — immigrants who were brought to or stayed in the United States illegally as children — was at the heart of the recent political showdown between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and President Donald Trump, who’s seeking to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, that shielded them from deportation. However, these tens of thousands of young immigrants in New York will not go without government-funded health care under a policy announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Cuomo’s policy means they “will remain eligible for state-funded Medicaid” and the New York Child Health Plus insurance known as CHIP, “regardless of any federal changes to or termination of the program,” the governor’s office said. “This is a really meaningful decision,” said Max Hadler, senior health policy manager with the New York Immigration Coalition, a Manhattan-based group for immigrant advocacy. If the push to end DACA prevails, “on top of losing their access to work legally, many would have been losing their health insurance.” The governor’s office said the cost of continuing coverage would be included in the Medicaid budget, as Dreamers would qualify for the health aid “under an immigration category known as . . . permanently residing under color of law,” meaning they’ve had continuous residence in the country. “The federal government’s failure to take action to protect DACA recipients is appalling, un-American, unjust and puts hundreds of thousands of children at risk,” said a statement from Cuomo. “Here in New York we will do everything in our power to protect DACA recipients and ensure they receive health care.”

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