Medicaid policy is changing, putting health care for millions at risk. Because immigrant families face unique obstacles, PIF is working to advocate for immigrant-inclusive policy and arm families with the information they need to take charge of their health care. Join us to help protect families in your community.
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Immigrant Families at Risk
COVID-19 response legislation enacted in 2020 sharply increased federal funding for state Medicaid programs. The law also required states to keep Medicaid beneficiaries insured until the end of the pandemic public health emergency. That requirement is ending, and states will begin re-assessing Medicaid eligibility in April 2023 – a process sometimes described as “unwinding” the continuous coverage policy. The federal government estimates that millions of people will become uninsured – especially people who have never renewed Medicaid coverage before and people who have moved since 2020.
Immigrant families face additional obstacles to remaining covered:
- Language barriers when information is provided only in English
- Misinformation about immigration status and Medicaid eligibility
- Misunderstanding that using Medicaid will compromise future immigration applications
- Concerns about providing personal information to a government agency
- Concerns that Medicaid agencies will share information with immigration officials
Help Families in Your Community
Close the Information Gap
We can all help to lower these barriers and keep immigrant families covered. PIF has developed simple materials in nine languages that include accurate, accessible information you can share with immigrant families in your community. The links are all to editable versions so you can add contact information, add your logo and colors, or tweak the language. (Wherever possible, we ask that you also include the PIF logo).
You can also help spread the word through social media. Just click here to retweet a post sharing key information families need to know.
Push Policymakers to Protect Families
As the flyer notes, federal law requires states to adopt transition plans that minimize health insurance coverage losses. But a PIF analysis of assessments by advocates and community-based organization finds that neither states nor federal officials are doing enough to lower known barriers facing immigrant families. Click here to learn more about what we found, what we’re doing to protect immigrant families, and how you can help.