Health Insurance

New Policies Increase Access to Health Coverage for DACA Recipients

By Gillan Boyer

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As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing commitment to ensuring affordable, quality health care for all, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), finalized a rule that will expand access to health care for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Get the full story at CMS.gov

Here are the highlights:

Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the Biden-Harris Administration, finalized a rule to expand healthcare access for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

Inclusivity in Health Coverage

The rule ensures DACA recipients are no longer excluded from enrolling in Qualified Health Plans (QHP) through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace or Basic Health Programs (BHP).

Potential Impact

Approximately 100,000 previously uninsured DACA recipients could enroll in health coverage through Marketplaces or BHPs, improving their health and well-being while bolstering the economy.

Healthcare as a Right

The administration views healthcare as a right, not a privilege, extending it to DACA recipients who have built their lives in the United States, reducing barriers for them to obtain coverage.

Reducing Disparities

DACA recipients are currently three times more likely to be uninsured than the general population, emphasizing the need for this rule to address healthcare disparities.

Enrollment Period

Newly eligible individuals, including DACA recipients, can select health plans through the Marketplace during a special enrollment period following the rule’s effective date, aligning with the 2025 Open Enrollment Period for seamless enrollment.

Effective Date and Modifications

The rule becomes effective on November 1, 2024. Technical modifications to the definition of “lawfully present” aim to ensure accurate eligibility determinations and verification processes.

Education and Assistance

CMS commits to providing education and technical assistance to facilitate enrollment for immigrant and other communities affected by the rule.

For more information on the final rule, see the fact sheet at https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/hhs-final-rule-clarifying-eligibility-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-recipients-and-certain.

To view the final rule, visit the Federal Register.

Gillan Boyer

About Gillan Boyer

Gillan leads The Brokerage Inc.'s marketing and business development initiatives. When he's not working, he's probably playing with his kids, making music, or reading a good book.