Thursday, October 28, 2021

MPI Estimates Nearly Half of Income-Eligible Immigrant Adults Do Not Qualify Because of Immigration Status

Since the onset of the pandemic, the need for public health insurance has surged in the United States. Between February 2020 and January 2021, almost 10 million working-age adults and children signed up for Medicaid and its companion Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Yet millions of noncitizens with incomes that meet state eligibility thresholds for Medicaid did not qualify due to their status as recent green-card recipients, international students, temporary workers, non-immigrant visa holders or unauthorized immigrants, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis finds. These working-age immigrants, who are more likely to be low-income, are also more likely to be workers and parents than U.S.-born income-eligible adults.

The issue brief, Medicaid Access and Participation: A Data Profile of Eligible and Ineligible Immigrant Adults, outlines the number and characteristics of noncitizen adults who are excluded from Medicaid and how this varies by state of residency.


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