News Bulletin: Increased Access to Health Coverage for DACA Recipients

May 4, 2024by HPCNEF Staff0

On May 3, 2024, the current administration ruled to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to enroll in health care plans.

What does this mean?

  • DACA recipients will be able to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace, or for coverage through a Basic Health Program.
  • Around 100,000 previously uninsured DACA recipients could get health coverage through this rule.
  • The rule aims to make health coverage accessible to DACA recipients, who are often uninsured.
  • This change will also offer financial assistance like premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to eligible DACA recipients.
  • A special enrollment period will be available for DACA recipients to select a health plan starting November 1, 2024.
  • The rule also includes technical modifications for clarity and consistency in determining eligibility for coverage.
  • All people with a deferred action immigration status, other than those with DACA, already meet the ACA marketplace immigration-related eligibility requirement.
  • People who select a plan during November could have coverage begin as early as December 1, 2024!



Download: DACA Coverage Handout for Partners (English & Spanish)
Download: DACA Coverage Simplified Handout (English & Spanish)


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The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number NAVCA210430-03-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

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