Immigrant Access to Health Care
SHADAC Research Assistant Jessie Kemmick-Pintor and Lynn Blewett published an article in the October 2011 issue of Minnesota Physician as part of the journal’s special focus section on health reform. "Immigrant access to health care" reviews the key provisions of national legislation pertaining to access to care for immigrants.
Using insurance coverage among immigrants to address health care access issues, the authors find that across the U.S. and within Minnesota, non-citizens are four times more likely to be uninsured than their citizen counterparts.
Federal policies have hindered coverage among the immigrant population include. The authors foresee an increasing reliance on formal and informal safety nets to provide care for uninsured immigrants under the restrictions of the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, less political will and lower state and federal tax revenue is likely to be directed to the safety net.
Pintor, J.K. and L.A. Blewett. "Immigrant access to health care," Minnesota Physician 25(7): 22-23.