Undocumented and Uninsured

Toolkit

Use these tools to stay informed about your health options, sign-up for Medi-Cal, find a local clinic, and spread the word about health for all, regardless of immigration status.

1. SIGN UP FOR MEDI-CAL **NEW RESOURCES**

In California, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and undocumented Californians may be eligible for Medi-Cal, based on income. Use these tools to assist you in the Medi-Cal enrollment process.

FOR DACA RECIPIENTS / UNDOCUMENTED CALIFORNIANS

Get your questions answered, find out if you qualify, and follow step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Your Health Matters! Enrolling in Medi-Cal as a California DACA Recipient
Created by: Carlos Juarez and Nidia De Leon, CIRCLE Project
COMING SOON in Spanish and Chinese

 

Taking Control of Your Health: A Guide to Medi-Cal for Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Created by: California Immigrant Policy Center and Educators for Fair Consideration

 

APPLY IN PERSON

Required MC 13 Form
 

Proof of Medi-cal Eligibility for DACA recipients
 

Find my local county office
 

Find a local certified enroller
 

APPLY ONLINE

Visit Covered California
 

FOR HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS

Desk Aid: How to Enroll DACA Applicants in Medi-Cal
Created by: The County Welfare Directors Association of California

 

2. LEARN ABOUT MEDI-CAL

Medi-Cal is California State funded health insurance for: low-income families, people with disabilities, seniors, pregnant women, children in foster care, and low-income adults who meet certain requirements. Review the following documents to learn more about the program.

Immigrant Eligibility

Health Program Eligibility Chart for California Immigrants
Created by: California Immigrant Policy Center

 

Income Eligibility

Medi-Cal Income Level Requirements
Created by: The Health Consumer Alliance

 

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Guide
Created by: University of California, Berkeley – Labor Center

 

Health Services

Overview of Medi-Cal Benefits
Created by: California Department of Public Health

 

List of Health Services for Full Scope Medi-Cal
Created by: California Department of Health Care Services

 

3. FIND CALIFORNIA CLINICS AND SERVICES
Immigration status should not discourage you from receiving the healthcare you need. Download a resource guide to find local low cost clinics in California.

STATEWIDE HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE

California Health Care Resource Guide for Undocumented Immigrants
Created by: Angelica Hernandez, 2013 Healthy California Intern
Partnering Organization: Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

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Spanish
 

UPDATED VERSION — COMING SOON!

REGIONAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDES

Fresno Health Care Resource Guide
Created by: Vianey Gomez, 2014 Healthy California Intern
Partnering Organization: California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

 

San Diego County Health Care Resource Guide
Created by: Samantha Ayala-Lucio and Rocio Leon, 2014 Healthy California Interns
Partnering Organization: Planned Parenthood

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Spanish
 

4. KNOW YOUR HEALTH RIGHTS
Empower your health by knowing your health rights. Use these tools to help clarify the process, while getting the latest information on eligibility, requirements, and the scope of coverage. Through quality resources and know-how, more immigrant families can access the services needed to create happy, healthy lives.

TAX PENALTY EXEMPTIONS

Undocumented Californians and DACA recipients are NOT required to purchase insurance. For tax purposes, Undocumented Californians and DACA recipients are NOT required to pay the penalty for not having insurance.

FAQ – Immigrants and Exemptions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Individual Mandate
Created by: National Immigrant Law Center

 

Immigration Healthcare Memo

Clarification of Existing Practices Related to Certain Healthcare Information
Personal information given to healthcare services will only be used to establish healthcare eligibility, NOT for immigration purposes.
Created by: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Download
 

Public Charge

Unless you are in a nursing home or receiving long-term care, uses of public health programs or health services will not affect your immigration status.

Federal Guidance on Public Charge
Created by: California Immigrant Policy Center

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Spanish
 

Public Charge Fact Sheet
Created by: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Public Charge Overview
Created by: National Immigration Law Center

 

IMMIGRATION FACT SHEET

Your Immigration Information is Safe, Secure and Confidential
Created by: Covered California and Partners

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Spanish
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Chinese
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Vietnamese
 

MEDI-CAL FRAUD & ABUSE

Examples of Medi-Cal Fraud
Protect your health! The most common form of fraud involves providers knowingly billing unnecessary services, services not performed, or for more expensive services than they actually provide.
Created by: California Department of Health Care Services

 

5. HELP PROMOTE #Health4All
Join us in spreading the word about the need to provide #Health4All and NOT for SOME, regardless of immigration status. The information below can be used in presentations, workshops and community conversations about undocumented immigrant health.

HEALTH BROCHURES

Health Programs for All
Created by: Carlos Juarez and Nidia De Leon, CIRCLE Project
Partnering Organization: University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic

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Spanish
 

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Health Access and Program Eligibility
Created by: Carlos Juarez and Nidia De Leon, CIRCLE Project
Translated by: Erick Leyva and Alicia Meza, 2014 Healthy California Interns

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Spanish
 

6. OTHER HEALTH RESOURCES

California Immigrant Policy Center
California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians, using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.
 

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States.  

National Immigrant Law Center
National Immigrant Law Center
defends and advances the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
 

Pre-Health Dreamers
Pre-Health Dreamers
empowers undocumented students pursuing health and science careers through community, resources and advocacy.
 

Health4ALL Campaign - California Endowment
The California Endowment‘s #Health4All Campaign
highlights the important contributions of undocumented Californians to our state’s communities and economy, while raising awareness of their lack of access to affordable health care coverage.
 

About

Undocumented people and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act at the national level. Without healthcare access, many undocumented immigrants:

  • Do not seek care because of fear of deportation
  • Suffer from chronic pain or easily treatable diseases
  • Remain unaware of existing health conditions
  • Rely on band-aid care for all health needs
  • Accumulate thousands of dollars in medical debt
  • Delay care, which may lead to death
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    As undocumented Californians, we promote #Health4All regardless of immigration status. Use this website to find local health resources, internship opportunities to get involved, and access healthcare research on undocumented immigrants.
     

    Health knows no borders

    The wellness and health of our families depends on access to medical care and support services. With regular medical care and visits to the doctor, we can protect our loved ones from painful, expensive — and easily treatable — medical conditions.

    There is a need to care for and protect our vulnerable populations in California ­—a responsibility that requires our courage. Undocumented people are a fundamental part of our country, and our state of California. As the undocumented community, we take care of California every day. It is important that California also cares for us. Health care is a human right.

     

     

     

    No Healthcare? No Problem!

    This family secret cures it all and has been passed down for generations…

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    Writer/Director

    Marcos Nieves

    Director of Photography

    Francisco Garcia Nava

    Cast

    Blanca Soto
    Henry Madrid
    Brianna Pichardo
    Olin Tonatiuh

    Producers

    Stefanie Ritoper
    Yoana Pena

    Camera Assistant/Gaffer

    Gabriel Castro Rivera

    Camera Assistant

    Wil Prada

    Sound

    Cynthia Perez
    Saidy Valdez

    Production Design

    Nadia L. Andrade

    Wardrobe

    Gabriel Garduño

    Location Manager

    Jorge Gutierrez

    Craft Services

    Alma Leyva

    Production Assistant

    Delia Arriaga
    Ruben Barreto
    Imelda Plascencia

    Internship

    The Healthy California internship of Dream Summer builds leaders at the intersection of health care access and immigrant rights through a 10-week summer internship for immigrant youth.

    Immigrant youth leaders are selected through the Dream Summer application process to participate in Healthy California. They are trained on the issue and hosted by a community or health-based organization in their region. During the summer, interns engage in projects that address immigrant wellness and health care access for undocumented Californians.

    2015 INTERNSHIP DATES

    Opening Retreat
    Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19
    *Held in Los Angeles, CA

    Internship Placement
    Monday, June 22 to Tuesday, August 18
    *Interns are placed throughout California

    Closing Retreat
    Wednesday, August 19 to Friday, August 21
    *Held in Los Angeles, CA
     

    How can I get involved?

    Join us for Summer 2015 as we continue to support the right to health for immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status. There’s two ways to get involved:

    BECOME A HOST ORGANIZATION

     
    We invite community and health-based organizations to host Healthy California interns within Dream Summer.

    Why Host:

  • Directly engage in #Health4All efforts
  • Connect with state-wide organizations working on the issue
  • Support the lives and personal growth of immigrant youth
  • Work with immigrant leaders at the forefront of the issue
  • HOST APPLICATION DEADLINE:
    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Contact Project Coordinator Alma Leyva at almaleyva5@ucla.edu for more information.

    BECOME A HEALTHY CALIFORNIA INTERN

     
    We invite immigrant youth to apply to the Dream Summer program and lead immigrant health initiatives.

    Why Apply:

  • Build skills as a leader in social justice
  • Support the right to health for Undocumented Californians
  • Work with leading health or community-based organizations
  • Receive a $5,000 leadership award
  • INTERN APPLICATION DEADLINE:
    Sunday, March 1, 2015

     
    *Must indicate interested in health projects on application.

    Research

    The Undocumented and Uninsured report is the first study about and by immigrant youth on health care access. The Healthy California cohort of 2013 led the research that developed into the reports. Researchers surveyed 550 immigrant youth throughout California­ —including undocumented youth and Deferred Action recipients.

    1. THE FINDINGS

    Immigrants’ health and well­-being is connected to the conditions of their political and social environment. Being undocumented in the United States results in a high potential for systematic and personal trauma. Many face incarceration, deportation, loss of wages and personal relationships, career and life barriers, discrimination, and criminalization. These circumstances impact their health and well being —mentally, physically, and emotionally.

  • 71% of uninsured immigrant youth have an existing need to access a doctor or specialist about their own health; however, 53% stated that they have not seen a doctor for more than a year.
  • 50% of uninsured immigrant youth delayed getting the medical care they needed. Of those, 96% reported the main reason was cost or lack of insurance.
  • 74% of immigrant youth report they resort to band­-aid care for services, such as emergency Medi­-Cal, public hospitals, and community or county health clinics.
  • 2. UNDOCUMENTED AND UNINSURED REPORT
    Undocumented and Uninsured: A Five-Part Report on Immigrant Youth and the Struggle to Access Health Care in California

    No Papers, No Health Care - Report
    Part 1 of 5: No Papers, No Health Care

     
    Band-Aid Care
    Part 2 of 5: Band-Aid Care

    3. UNDOCU-COMICS
    Get a glimpse of what it is really like to be undocumented and uninsured.

    Undocumented Immigrant Health Comic
    Download Undocu-Comic

    4. THE PERSONAL JOURNEY

    Alexa shares her participation as an intern researcher and personal experience in accessing health care in California, while undocumented and uninsured.

     

    “Health care impacts us all, it is our responsibility to take care of one another” — Alexa

    Media

    Are you interested in learning more from our team, or speaking with subject experts and immigrant youth?

    For media inquiries contact:

    Seth Ronquillo, Communications Coordinator
    (213) 480-4155 x256 | shronquillo@ucla.edu

    Undocumented and Uninsured is a project by the Dream Resource Center at the UCLA Labor Center.

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    Have any questions or want to partner with us? Email, call, or join our online community at facebook.com/DreamResourceCenter and twitter.com/Dream_RC.

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