Enthusiasm for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program tempered by Administration announcement of prohibition on affordable health coverage

NASW, along with other advocacy organizations, recently signed a letter expressing disappointment with the recent announcement by the Obama Administration to exclude young people approved for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from receiving benefits through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and to prevent children and pregnant women approved for DACA from enrolling in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Prior to this announcement, federal rules would have allowed DACA beneficiaries, like others granted deferred immigration action, to enroll in these affordable health coverage programs, if otherwise eligible. The New York Times featured an article on the issue this week: www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/health/policy/limits-placed-on-immigrants-in-health-care-law.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120918

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