Online Program

Caring For The Uncovered

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Jenny Rejeske, National Immigration Law Center, Washington, DC
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will benefit the majority of the 40.4 million immigrants living in the U.S., however, America's approximately 11.5 million undocumented immigrants were completely shut out of the ACA's expansion of affordable health insurance and will continue to encounter a patchwork system of health care. Despite health advocates' efforts to address this disparity in the immigration reform legislation currently being debated by Congress, the key battle in the immigration reform debate around health care has been to defend the status quo, rather than improve immigrants' access to affordable health care. The speaker will analyze the current status of the debate on access to health care in immigration reform efforts, discuss the key opportunities and challenges for advancing access to health care in those efforts as well as in the implementation of the ACA, and identify advocacy opportunities for public health advocates and practitioners to engage.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Analyze the current status of the debate on immigrants' access to care. Discuss key opportunities and challenges for advancing immigrants' access to public health and health care in 2014 and beyond. Identify advocacy opportunities related to the intersection of immigrant rights and health rights.

Keyword(s): Health Care Reform, Immigrants

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: a health policy analyst with a national immigration law center.
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.