Senate Bill for Immigration Reform, and Health Benefits

Here’s the latest in the news about Immigration Reform and health benefits:

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Senate bill says to undocumented immigrants: pay taxes but claim no public benefits

“Gutierrez gave some examples: Immigrants with provisional legal status would not get help paying their health insurance premiums under Obamacare, and they would get no credit for any Social Security taxes they paid during the time they worked illegally.”

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Could Employers Use Immigrants to Avoid the Health Mandate?

“In a bid to win conservatives over to the cause of immigration reform, the authors of the Senate bill included a provision that would deny health benefits to illegal immigrants seeking to become legal. Now there is an argument making the rounds that this provision will encourage companies to replace American workers with those newly legalized immigrants.”

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Illinois Allow Medical & Dental School Loans for Undocumented Students

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“Smart, hardworking, motivated students are applying to medical school, And because of circumstances beyond their control, they do not have the access to financial assistance.” – chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority.

For all Pre-Med DREAMers / undocumented students applying to medical school, please (highly) consider Loyola Stritch School of Medicine [].

Recap: They are the first and only medical school in the nation to publicly come out and support accepting undocumented students. (Yes, it’s a big deal).

The state of Illinois passed a measure to allow DACA-eligible folks to take out loans to help pay for dental and medical school. More details to come as we find out specifics, but definitely something to keep an eye out for!

Read more at: The Daily Whale

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Nursing Without Borders

Nursing Without Borders


A moving article at the intersection of immigration and healthcare by Heather Boerner in the National Nurses Magazine.

Heather reveals stories of undocumented persons who lack access to healthcare, the complexity of healthcare access for individuals with the healthcare reform, first hand accounts of health professionals who care for immigrants and the story of an undocumented nurse.

Click Here to read the article.


Pre-Health Dreamers on KWMR West Marin Community Radio

Healthcare For All


PHD’s very own Denisse and Angel were guest on KWMR’s Epicenter radio show. They both discussed the impacts of Immigration Reform and the Affordable Care Act on the health of undocumented immigrants.

Follow this link to stream the show:

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Pre-Health Dreamers Partners with E4FC Creative Writing Program

Calling All Bay Area Pre-Health Dreamers:

This summer from July 8th to August 25th E4FC and PhD will partner to host an Immigration and Healthcare creative writing course. We invite all young undocumented people in the local Bay Area to join the healthcare course.

In these workshops, you’ll explore creative writing as a way to communicate your experience in a compelling way. You’ll write personal narratives based on your immigration story, share and discuss your narratives with other undocumented young people, and finally, present one polished story at E4FC’s summer celebration on August 25th.

Applications Are Due by June 23rd: (Follow this link for more details)

Please note: There is NO cost for participating in these workshops. 

The Latest on Healthcare & Immigration reform from this previous week!

READ MORE AT our Healthcare & Immigration Reform page!

  • BREAKING!!  A study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, and our friends at Physicians for a National Health Program have just been published detailing how immigrants have generated surplus contributions in Billions for Medicare in recent years. 05/30/2013
    • Access the New York Times article here.
    • Access the Health Affairs published study here.

Why it is Critical to Voice our support for healthcare within immigration reform

Here are some recent articles commenting on the current state of health care and immigration reform as issues, and more importantly, why both must NOT be treated as separate.


“Immigrant healthcare bills stump House group”

As the House’s own proposal for immigration reform is receiving its finishing touches, healthcare for the 11 million undocumented stands as the last question in discussion.


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“Do Aspiring Citizens Have Access to Affordable Health Care & Benefits Under S. 744?”

NILC has developed a FAQ regarding the health/benefits eligibility rules for individuals granted status under S.744.  The FAQ represents what is in the original, introduced bill (without amendments).  This FAQ will be updated after all amendments have been voted on and the bill moves out of committee.

Please feel free to share this FAQ with your networks.

Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF Speaks on Heritage Foundation’s attacks on Immigration Reform

“If we are truly committed to fixing our immigration system — and indeed the strong bipartisan support overwhelmingly suggests so — we would be wise to not let anti-immigrant rhetoric cloud the fact that immigrants make significant economic contributions to our nation.”

-Kathy Ko Chin, Executive Director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) speaking on the Heritage Foundation’s attacks on immigration reform