141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Caring for the Uncovered: Living in the Shadows of Health & Immigration Reform

Monday, November 4, 2013: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Every day, 11.5 million undocumented immigrants live in the shadows. They feel they can't access public health and health care services, because they fear deportation; 84% come from Mexico, the Carribean, and Central or South America; 11% come from Asia, and 5% come from the rest of the world. This session has two purposes. One, is to shed light on what it is like to be undocumented under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For example, under the ACA, the undocumented will be eligible to receive public health services (immunizations and treatment of communicable diseases), and care from emergency-rooms, community health centers, free clinics, safety net hospitals, Under the ACA, however, the undocumented will not be able to buy affordable private health insurance through the Health Insurance Exchange. Two, is to shed light on innovative practices that select states and national organizations are taking, pending debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act. Presenters will examine the issue from the perspective of the undocumented, care providers, legal implications, and the human rights imperative, for developing innovative approaches to providing public health and health care services for the undocumented.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify disparities in health access for the undocumented in the United States of America. 2. Develop new, innovative, state-based approaches that address health access for the undocumented. 3. Design new, innovative approaches for addressing health access and health outcomes for undocumented persons in the United States of America.
Elena Ong, PHN, SM
Perfecto Munoz, MA, MPH

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Organized by: APHA-Equal Health Opportunity Committee