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Biden expands health care coverage to DACA recipients

President Biden has announced that he will expand Affordable Care Act coverage to DACA recipients.

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The White House said in a fact sheet:

Thanks to the actions of the Biden-Harris Administration, today’s final rule will for the first time lift the ban on DACA recipients’ eligibility for Affordable Care Act coverage and is expected to help more than 100,000 young people achieve health acquire. insurance. Starting in November, DACA recipients can apply for coverage through HealthCare.gov and state-based marketplaces, where they may qualify for financial assistance to help them get good health insurance. Four in five consumers have found a plan for less than $10 per month, with millions of people saving an average of $800 per year on their premiums.

The current administration also reinforces the President’s enduring commitment to DACA recipients and Dreamers, who contribute every day to the strength and vitality of our communities and our country. On the first day of his administration, President Biden pledged to preserve and strengthen the DACA policy. While only Congress can provide Dreamers with permanent status and a path to citizenship, the Biden-Harris administration has continued to vigorously defend DACA against ongoing legal challenges and strengthened DACA by codifying the 2012 policy in a final rule.

In a statement, President Biden said: “Nearly twelve years ago, President Obama and I announced the DACA program to enable our young people to live and work in the only country they call home. Since then, DACA has given more than 800,000 Dreamers the opportunity to legally work, get an education, and use their immense talents to make our communities better and stronger. I am proud of Dreamers’ contributions to our country and want to provide Dreamers with the support they need to succeed. That is why I previously directed the Department of Homeland Security to take all appropriate actions to “preserve and strengthen” DACA. And that’s why today we’re taking this historic step to ensure DACA recipients have the same access to health care as their neighbors through the Affordable Care Act.

HHS Sec. Xavier Becerra told PoliticusUSA why this rule change is important during a call with reporters: “Dreamers as DACA recipients are currently three times more likely to be uninsured than the general U.S. population and individuals without health insurance. I think we all know that they are less likely to have preventive or routine health screenings. They delay needed medical care and face higher costs and deaths when they finally seek care. So making Dreamers eligible for coverage will improve their health and well-being and strengthen the health and well-being of our nation and our economy.

The rule change will save lives and promote better health outcomes among DACA recipients. One reason a second Biden term will be important is that the president is seeking permanent status for Dreamers and a path to citizenship. There is no reason why Dreamers shouldn’t qualify for Obamacare.

President Biden is once again demonstrating his administration’s commitment to improving people’s lives.

Biden keeps his promises and shows what a good, thoughtful government can do to help people.

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