More than half of the immigrants living in the United States have private health insurance and about a quarter has public health insurance. According to Migration Policy, in 2014, about 53 percent of immigrants had private insurance and 27 percent had public health insurance. By comparison, the coverage for native born is at 68 percent for private and 34 percent for public.
Immigrant insured levels have gone up significantly under the Obama administration and especially since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. After the document came into force, health insurance coverage for foreign-born individuals, especially non-citizens, increased at a faster pace than for native-born citizens. From 2013 to 2014, the immigrant uninsured rate fell from 32 percent to 27 percent. For the U.S.-born, the level went from 12 percent to 9 percent. Both private and public health coverage improved over the past few years.
U.S. law allows legal immigrants to buy private health insurance on the Marketplace, based on their income. Non-citizens are eligible for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program under certain circumstance.
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