Undocumented and uninsured: Aftereffects of the patient protection and affordable care act

Nataly Agabin, Janis Coffin

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Although with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act millions of previously uninsured American residents will gain access to healthcare coverage, millions more will remain uninsured due to the lack of mandatory state Medicaid expansion as well as mandates that forbid undocumented immigrants and legal residents of less than five years from purchasing insurance through the newly available market exchange. With limited options for healthcare coverage due to employment and lack of citizen status, undocumented immigrants rely heavily on funds provided by both Emergency Medicaid and Disproportionate Share Hospital programs. Through reevaluation of current funding, mandates forbidding access to market exchanges, and plans to further enable access to affordable health coverage, states have the unique opportunity to both aid their residents and relieve the financial burden on healthcare facilities and Emergency Medicaid funds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-348
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Practice Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Affordable Care Act
  • Immigrants
  • Insurance
  • Medicaid expansion
  • Undocumented
  • Uninsured

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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