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This chapter examines the interplay between immigration and health policy, and whether and to what degree immigrants are entitled to basic healthcare access. It analyzes issues such as who deserves access to publicly supported healthcare, the implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for immigrants’ access to insurance, and how to allocate and pay for the care that will inevitably be provided to immigrants. The discussion begins with an overview of U.S. health and immigration laws, along with the diverse categories of noncitizens within the United States. The chapter then considers immigrants’ access to insurance, as well as the pre-ACA laws affecting their eligibility for public insurance benefits; the ACA’s treatment of noncitizens; and the impact of possible immigration reform. Finally, it highlights the inclusiveness and exclusivity of U.S. laws governing noncitizens’ access to healthcare.
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