Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12102340 (posted Oct. 23, 2012)"
Submit comments on President Obama’s decision to exclude DACA beneficiaries from the Affordable Care Act's health insurance options.
This is your chance to weigh in before an interim final rule issued by the president becomes final on October 29th. On August 28th, the Obama Administration announced that beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be excluded from the affordable health insurance options in the Affordable Care Act.
AILA has taken the position that the president should reverse the position expressed in the interim final rule as it will treat DACA beneficiaries differently from other deferred action grantees as well as other lawfully present individuals. Before the changes were announced on August 28th, DACA beneficiaries would have gained access to various health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. But as proposed, the president's new rule would exclude DACA beneficiaries from the health care law's key elements, including obtaining comprehensive health insurance under Medicaid or CHIP in about half the states. Pregnant DACA beneficiaries will be excluded from prenatal care in some states. DACA beneficiaries will also be unable to buy private, comprehensive health insurance through the health insurance exchanges after January 2014.
National Immigration Law Center Model Comments
Government Website for Posting Comments
National Immigration Law Center Fact Sheet on DACA and the ACA