12 page paper on Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care in the United states

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Topic of Paper: Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care


Papers must address the following areas (use the bolded words as your headers for each section of your paper): 12 pages

  1. Provide an overview of the issue, describing briefly what it encompasses
  2. Evaluate the social, cultural & organizational factors which put it on the healthcare reform agenda
  3. What effects would there be from this issue from the perspective of economic impact on the nation, and on individual persons?
  4. What are the political ramifications(if any) if Congress supports this issue?
  5. What are the major influences that shape this issue?
  6. Who are the people (groups, agencies, persons) most likely to benefit or lose from this issue if it becomes policy? Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  7. You must discuss pertinent information/literature that supports your position
  8. Discuss any other viable options/positions regarding this issue
  9. Each student will discuss any major problem sassociated with this position

12 pages (double-spaced 12 pt. professional publishing font, excluding title and reference pages), using APA 6thedition format. References must be cited in APA format. *Sources for this information: journals, books, internet, government documents, interviews, transcripts of people involved in the issue.

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Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care
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An overview of the issue
The social, cultural & organizational factors which put it on the healthcare reform agenda

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Economic impact on the nation, and on individual persons

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Political ramification

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Major influences that shape the issue
Groups, people, and agencies likely to benefit or lose if the issue become a policy


Running head: UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT AND HEALTH CARE

Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliation

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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT AND HEALTH CARE

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Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care
Undocumented immigrants refer to a group of people who migrates into a country by
violating the set immigration laws in the host state. In other words, undocumented immigrants
are referred to as illegal immigrant because such individual lacks authorization, are out of status,
or unlawfully present in a selected country. In the past, the legal status of undocumented
immigrants has complicated the delivery of health care to the persons because the illegal
immigrants are not entitled for health insurance such as Medicare and Medicaid unless an
individual meets certain conditions. Cunningham (2017) in an editorial on the Washington post
notes a report by Kaiser Family Foundation indicating that unauthorized immigrants are fourtime possibly to be uninsured compared to US citizen at a rate of 40 percent. This forms the
biggest challenge in offering affordable health care to undocumented individuals in the United
States.
An overview of the Issue
The paper focuses on discussing the ineligibility and restriction of unauthorized
immigrants on accessing health care benefits and services, as well as identifying the impact of
the issue to the nation and individual persons. Undocumented immigrant patients constituting an
approximated 11 million people are considered among the most susceptible groups in the U.S.
According to Di Bartolo (2019) undocumented immigrants are disproportionately non-white,
poor, and non-English speaking individuals with inaccessibility to steady employment or health
insurance. A report released by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2019) indicated that in the
year 2017, there were about 11M noncitizens living in the U.S. are about 7 percent of the entire
United States’ population. Apparently, noncitizens are more possibly to be uninsured. Evidently,
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2019) report indicated that among the young population,

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT AND HEALTH CARE

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23% of the legal immigrants and 45% of illegal immigrants are uninsured likened to about 8% of
the uninsured U.S citizens. Among the nonelderly adults, uninsured undocumented immigrants
were almost five times the rate of United States citizens. Figure 1 below illustrates the uninsured
rates among adults by immigration status in the year 2017.

Uninsured rate Among Adults by Immigration Status
in 2017Uninsured rate among adults by Immigration
status in 2017
50%
47%

40%
30%
20%

24%

10%
10%
0%
Citizens

Lawfully present legal
immigrants

Undocumented
Immigrants

Figure 1: Uninsured rate Among Adults by Immigration Status in 2017Uninsured rate among adults by
Immigration status in 2017 (data source: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2019)

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2019) further reveals the number of undocumented
immigrant children residing in the United States. According to the report, immigrant kids are
more possibly to remain uninsured compared to their legal citizens. Besides, among the U.S legal
citizen children living with an illegal parent have a higher possibility of remaining uninsured
compared to children living with citizen parents. Figure 2 below illustrates the uninsured level
among kids by immigration standing as well as guardian immigration status in the year 2017.

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT AND HEALTH CARE

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Uninsured Level Among Kids by Immigration Status
as Well as Parent Immigration Status in the Year 2017.
35%

30%

31%

25%

20%

19%

15%
10%
5%
0%

7%
4%
Citizen kids with U.S Citizen kids leaving with Documented immigrant
citizen parents
undocumented parent
kids

Undocumented
immgrant kids

Figure 2: Uninsured Level Among Kids by Immigration Status as Well as Guardian Immigration Status in
the Year 2017 (data source: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2019)

Accordingly, the ineligibility of undocumented immigrants to healthcare benefits is
attributable to their low level of income. As indicated by Di Bartolo (2019), undocumented
immigrants are often unemployed or have low-wage jobs as well as working in companies that
are less willing to provide employer-supported coverage. Moreover, given their low income,
undocumented immigrants face elevated challenges with respect to managing to pay for selfsupported coverage when accessible or via the separate market. Subsequently, undocumented
immigrants are disqualified from enrolling in Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP),
Medicaid, or buying coverage via the ACA market. Therefore, resulting from the undocumented
immigrant immigration status, they are compelled to rely on safety net clinics for their basic
needs.

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The Social, Cultural & Organizational Factors Which Put It on The Healthcare Reform
Agenda
It is worth noting that undocumented immigrants face numerous socio-economic
challenges thereby limiting them from accessing health care benefits such as CHIP and
Medicaid. According to Wallace, Torres, Sadegh-Nobari, Pourat, and Brown (2012),
undocumented immigrants in California are experiencing a disproportionately great level of
poverty with most of the non-citizens immigrants living below the government ...


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