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White House Announces Health Insurance Access Expansion for ‘Dreamers’

Biden expands health insurance access for DACA recipients (Credits: Washington Post)

The Biden administration has announced a new rule that will allow active recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as “Dreamers,” to access health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This move marks a shift in immigration policy, as Dreamers will now be eligible to enroll in qualified health plans and receive financial assistance, a previously unavailable benefit.

This decision comes after months of speculation about potential executive actions on immigration, a contentious issue in the current election season. However, Dreamers, who are undocumented immigrants brought to the US as minors, have generally received broader public support than other groups of undocumented immigrants.

DACA Dreamers (Credits: CBS News)

In comparison to former President Trump’s efforts to end the DACA program, President Biden’s administration has taken a more supportive stance toward Dreamers.

“This final rule reflects the president’s key commitment to protecting ‘Dreamers’ and DACA recipients. He is focused on providing them with the support they need to thrive and reach their fullest potential,” said Neera Tanden, director of the Domestic Policy Council.

The new rule does not make DACA recipients eligible for Medicaid or parts of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but they will be able to access financial aid programs already available to noncitizens whose immigration status makes them ineligible for Medicaid but would otherwise qualify.

US President Biden (Credits: Reddit)

In a statement, President Biden emphasized the importance of extending health care to Dreamers, saying, “Dreamers are our loved ones, our nurses, teachers, and small business owners. And they deserve the promise of health care just like all of us.”

This move marks a huge step towards recognizing the contributions and humanity of Dreamers, who have been living in limbo due to their uncertain immigration status.

By providing access to health insurance, the Biden administration acknowledges health care’s importance as a fundamental right, rather than a privilege, for all individuals, regardless of their immigration status.

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