Millions of undocumented immigrants could get a reprieve from the threat of deportation and a chance for legal employment in the U.S. under a recent proposed executive action from President Obama. Although the plan is currently under court injunction, if it is implemented it could also boost access to health care and health insurance among immigrants — both undocumented and legal.
The implications of the President’s plan are outlined in a March 26 article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by Dr. Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics, and Northeastern University’s Dr. Wendy Parmet, an expert on health policy and law.
For instance, the authors wrote, expanded job opportunities for undocumented workers could also expand their access to employer-sponsored health benefits. Also — if their incomes get a boost from greater access to jobs — they may be more willing to apply for private coverage. Read more