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DACA Field Report

Work Authorization Granted, But What of Basic Human Health Services?

Rating: 3 votes, 3.67 average.

In a letter from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) dated
August 28, 2012, it is stated that those who are granted DACA will still not be
eligible to receive the benefits of Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance
Program (CHIP). The CMS claims that this ineligibility is a result of the
reasons DHS have offered for implementing DACA as they do not pertain to
eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP. While DACA provides temporary relief from
removal and a two-year work authorization, these remain the only two benefits
that DACA-eligible individuals will receive, as made clear by CMS. Public
benefits, then, such as health insurance. The debate regarding health insurance
has been rampant in the past few years; where do you stand in this debate in
regard to immigration and DACA? Do you think those individuals who are granted
DACA should have the security of knowing that, in case of a medical emergency,
there will be affordable medical assistance offered to them? Share your
thoughts here!


 


To read the letter addressed to State Health Officials and
the Medicaid Directors, please follow this link: http://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Downloads/SHO-12-002.pdf


 


To read the amended interim final rule, please follow this
link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-30/html/2012-21519.htm

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  1. Jay McTyier's Avatar
    Regarding extending Medicaid benefits to DACA beneficiaries, we have to crawl before we can run. DACA is deferred action, like release on an Order of Supervision: it provides temporary removal relief but does not create a lawful status. It's not the full DREAM Act. Therefore, it makes sense that not all the benefits that come from adjudcated lawful status accrue to DACA beneficiaries. Moreover, to insist on that, at this point in time when states are adjusting to the reality of expanding Medicaid coverage in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, is to play in to all the negative stereotypes that undocumented persons eat up social benefits and burden society with their young, stereotypes likely to be manipulated by anti-reform zealots to ensure that a full DREAM act never gets passed. As far as those DACA beneficiaries getting needed care, how were they getting it before? The streets of my city are not teeming with sick and dying undocumented, so I assume these persons are finding resources within their own families and communities to take care of basic health needs. It's what my niece, born and raised in Virginia but currently without medical insurance, does. DACA has not changed any of that.
  2. Momolu Agbadi's Avatar
    As a potential DACA beneficiary can tell you that the last thing we need to be doing is trying to figure out/ obtain social welfare programs that are meant for citizens. Sorry to sound harsh but WE did not leave your country to come all the way here and try your hand at social welfare! The point is for us to be able to obtain work or education so we can be self-sustaining individuals who will pay our own insurance and NOT BURDEN an already overloaded healthcare system. Lets not forget that part of the reason why Americans are against us getting a pathway to citizenship is because the think (are already witnessing) how we are draining their programs (take WIC for example). Lets go against the "immigrants want to drain the system" stereotype, however false it may be. Lets focus on showing that we want to be productive contributors to society first, because honestly, we are not entitled to anything, no matter what.
  3. Momolu Agbadi's Avatar
    Correction: WE did not leave our countries to come all the way here and try a hand at social welfare!
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