Comments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Access to Health Care

In these comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, Helly Lee presents major concerns about the exclusion of individuals granted deferred action by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the DACA policy from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ list of immigration categories considered “lawfully present” for purposes of health coverage eligibility. Intentionally excluding one category of people who would otherwise be eligible to access health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 undermines the goals of the law to ensure access to affordable health care. In fact, it does quite the opposite by creating a barrier to health care access.

To learn more, read the full coments.