U.S. Government Issues Helpful Hints Regarding Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage and Immigration Status

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In mid-March, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a notice including helpful hints for individuals who may have questions regarding their immigration status and how this may or may not affect eligibility for benefits under the Public Health Insurance Marketplaces offered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The notice refers individuals to the Marketplace website (www.healthcare.gov) which includes answers to commonly asked questions.  The information on the website confirms that individuals do not need to be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national to qualify for health coverage, and also contains a list of eligible immigration statuses including Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR or Green Card holder), Asylee, Refugee and Lawful Temporary Residents.  The site also confirms that the information provided by the enrollee on the website will only be used for determining access to health coverage through the Marketplace and will not be used for immigration enforcement purposes.

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