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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Get your questions answered, find out if you qualify, and follow step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
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.
California Health Care Resource Guide for Undocumented Immigrants
Created by: Angelica Hernandez, 2013 Healthy California Intern
Partnering Organization: Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)
UPDATED VERSION — COMING SOON!
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.
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
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.
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) empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States.
National Immigrant Law Center defends and advances the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
Pre-Health Dreamers empowers undocumented students pursuing health and science careers through community, resources and advocacy.
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.
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.
Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19
*Held in Los Angeles, CA
Monday, June 22 to Tuesday, August 18
*Interns are placed throughout California
Wednesday, August 19 to Friday, August 21
*Held in Los Angeles, CA
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:
We invite community and health-based organizations to host Healthy California interns within Dream Summer.
Contact Project Coordinator Alma Leyva at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We invite immigrant youth to apply to the Dream Summer program and lead immigrant health initiatives.
*Must indicate interested in health projects on application.
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.
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.
Alexa shares her participation as an intern researcher and personal experience in accessing health care in California, while undocumented and uninsured.
Are you interested in learning more from our team, or speaking with subject experts and immigrant youth?