Many innovations of the health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), benefit children and families in America whether they are immigrant or native born. Examples include expanded Medicaid eligibility to all individuals with income under 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), coverage of dependents up to age 26, availability of child-only policies and affordability credits, and streamlined enrollment for health care coverage. Other ACA reforms benefit immigrant families specifically, such as: immigrant eligibility expansions, privacy protections and civil rights protections. The following issue brief examines how the ACA works for immigrant families.
- The ACA has the potential to cut the number of uninsured children by 40%. (Source:Improving Coverage for Children Under Health Reform)
- The ACA has helped maintain or improve access to preventive services for 54% of children. (Source: ACA Protects and Improves Access to Preventive Care for Children)
- 47 states have applied for or received increased federal funds to make major upgrades to Medicaid enrollment systems (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)
- In 2011, 92% of children in the United States had health insurance coverage. (Source: Uninsured Children 2009-2011 Charting the Nation's Progress)
- In 2012, 26 statesmade improvements to their Medicaid and CHIP programs. (Source: Getting Into Gear for 2014)