Millions of people will become eligible for assistance under the Affordable Care Act if immigration reform includes the anticipated pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, The Hill reports.
Under the health care law, insurance exchanges will open for business next year, and undocumented immigrants are prohibited from buying coverage through the health plan marketplaces. In most states undocumented residents are also not covered by Medicaid.
Some policy experts say that extending Obamacare's benefits to large numbers of immigrants will raise costs. Others say legalizing undocumented immigrants would yield significant tax revenue and reduce the burden on local hospitals and clinics to provide uncompensated care.
Public health officials say having improved access to health insurance would reduce overall costs and improve the health of communities through increased preventive care and better management of chronic conditions.
Via The Hill