Health care act will not cover young immigrants

The possibility of such benefits has drawn criticism from many Republicans.

Jennifer M. Ng’andu, a health policy specialist at the National Council of La Raza is dismayed at the White House’s decision on health care. / Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

By Robert Pear

The New York Times

The White House has ruled that young immigrants who will be allowed to stay in the United States as part of a new federal policy will not be eligible for health insurance coverage under President Obama’s health care overhaul.

The decision — disclosed last month, to little notice — has infuriated many advocates for Hispanic Americans and immigrants. They say the restrictions are at odds with Mr. Obama’s recent praise of the young immigrants.

In June, the president announced that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children, attended school here and met other requirements would be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

Immigrants granted such relief would ordinarily meet the definition of “lawfully present” residents, making them eligible for government subsidies to buy private insurance, a central part of the new health care law. But the administration issued a rule in late August that specifically excluded the young immigrants from the definition of “lawfully present.”

At the same time, in a letter to state health officials, the administration said that young immigrants granted a reprieve from deportation “shall not be eligible” for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Administration officials said they viewed the immigration initiative and health coverage as separate matters.

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Also:

DHS secretary praises information-sharing program with Mexico/Cronkite News

Lawyers offer wording for ‘show me your papers’ ruling/KTAR

Push is on for Arizona universities to offer in-state tuition to young undocumented immigrants/Phoenix Business Journal

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