REPORT: Cory Booker introduces bill to expand immigrants’ health care access

MAY 21, 2020

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said he is planning to introduce legislation on Wednesday that would expand legal immigrants’ access to health care subsidy programs and allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health plans from federal insurance marketplaces.

The bill, known as the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act, would permit legal immigrants to enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), provided that they meet the programs’ income requirements. Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced the bill in the House in October 2019, but it would be the first time that the Senate would consider the legislation.

The article goes on to state the following:

The bill isn’t likely to advance in a Republican-controlled Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already rejected relief for unauthorized immigrants. But it’s the latest effort by Democrats to rectify inequalities in access to health care laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic.

The report states that, in addition to the expanded services for legal immigrants, Booker’s bill would allow illegal aliens in the U.S. to purchase health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, which they presently are not allowed to do.

It would also allow illegal aliens to become eligible for health care subsidies if they have purchased such an insurance plan and meet other criteria, including minimum income requirements, Vox writes.

“Health care is a right & shouldn’t depend on immigration status. This pandemic illustrates why our work to expand health care to all is so crucial—we must ensure everyone has access to testing, treatment & care to stop the spread of this deadly virus. That’s what our bill does,” Booker said in a Twitter post.

“The pandemic has exacerbated unjust health care inequities for communities of color & our immigrant communities in particular. We must urgently address these gaps in coverage to save lives & slow the spread of #COVID19—our bill will get this done,” he declared in another tweet.

Booker also slammed the Trump administration for deporting illegal alien children. He tweeted, “The Trump Administration is using #COVID19 as cover to carry out its cruel immigration agenda—including detaining migrant children, denying them access to social workers & family, and putting them on a plane alone back to the dangerous countries they fled. This is unconscionable.”

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