Comment Opportunity: Expand Health Care Access for DACA Recipients

In April, the Biden administration announced a new rule to expand Medicaid and Affordable Care Act eligibility to DACA recipients. After 11 years, DACA recipients could finally have access to a public health care option.  

If implemented, this proposed rule will help people with DACA:

  • resolve long-standing gaps in coverage,
  • avoid high medical bills and out-of-pocket costs,
  • and reduce fear of seeking public services, including Medicaid.

Comments to the federal government are due by June 23, 2023. DACA recipients and allies are encouraged to share their stories and tell the Biden administration why expanding access to care is critical.

If you want to share your story, you could provide information that answers these questions:

DACA recipients:

  • Have you gone without health insurance? What problems did that cause?
  • Did you lose health insurance during the pandemic?
  • Have you had trouble getting care for any health issues?
  • Have you had to pay a lot of money to get care because you do not have health insurance?
  • If you have health insurance, do you worry about losing it if you switch or lose your job?

If you know DACA recipients:

  • What happens when DACA recipients can’t get health insurance?
  • Why should DACA recipients get access to Medicaid, CHIP, and marketplace plans?