The Health Care Hurdle For Immigrants
So far in 2015, over 400,000 men and women have had their insurance policies canceled by HealthCare.gov, the national health care exchange program, because of issues stemming from their immigration status. This is just about four times as many as those who lost coverage for the same reason throughout all of 2014, and it’s because the government is now enforcing a 95 day time limit on sending in proof of legal residency or citizenship.
The National Immigration Law Center has stated that the vast majority of those who lost coverage are most likely legal residents who applied for health care in good faith. However, they got caught by an inefficient bureaucracy which doesn’t warn people of the problem or which papers they need to provide in a timely manner, or else it doesn’t process the documents fast enough to meet the deadline.
Under current laws, only US citizens and lawful residents are allowed to purchase health care through the exchange programs. On the one hand, the program heads are under pressure to make sure that only eligible people have access, but on the other hand, American Latinos are among the most likely groups to be uninsured and the exchanges are meant to solve this problem.
Still, if you find yourself caught in the murky swamp that is government bureaucracy, there are a few ways you can cut your health care expenses with or without a subsidized health care plan. The USA Rx pharmacy discount card program can save anyone up to 75 percent on prescription medication at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including every major chain. Signing up is a breeze: all we need is your name and an email address. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a citizen, a legal resident, or even just here on a visit – our card will work for anyone. To find out more, you can send us an email at [email protected] or else call our toll-free number at 888-277-3911.