190298 Health care reform including migrants and other vulnerable populations

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 10:30 AM

Al Hernandez-Santana, JD, MCP , Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Sacramento, CA
Regulations and state budget proposals increasingly tend to restrict the access of certain types of migrants to primary and secondary healthcare. The impetus to remove access to healthcare from certain migrants includes irregular migrants, some asylum seekers, and even lawful residents. First, the presenter will hint at the complexities involved in identifying who is entitled to access particular health services and public programs. Second, there is a potential risk to wider public health in denying access to sections of the population particularly in the case of infectious diseases. Third, restrictions in access to secondary care may not be cost effective if the result is a higher usage of emergency services. In the face of health care reform, is it prudent to exclude a sizable and significant portion of the population residing in the state. The workshop seeks to answer the question of how immigrant and other populations ought to be treated in a comprehensive package of health care reform.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the complexities inherent to federal immigration law and allowable state options to cover immigrants. 2. Identify three reasons for providing some type of coverage or public health strategy to provide care to excluded and vulnerable populations. 3. List 3 programs or clinic facilities that offer services to migrant workers and seasonal workers. 4. Articulate previous failed efforts to cover undocumented children or adults as part of public and private health insurance programs. 5. Assess the political landscape that may bear on future efforts to include migrant populations as part of comprehensive reform.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: of my legal education and over 12 years of experience in health policy and advocacy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.