Healthcare And Immigration Essay

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National Healthcare and Immigration
Roberto Macedo
ITT Tech
Mr. Berndt
EN1320 Composition I

Healthcare and Immigration
What is healthcare? Healthcare is a service that is supposed to be provided to a country’s citizens that the U.S., for some reason, cannot get right (shocker!). Meanwhile, Canada has no problem handing medical care to its citizens for free, that’s right free. Why can’t the U.S. be as caring as Canada? On a side note I hope they take Bieber back. The people (the ones that aren’t fanatically crazy for him because of raging teenage hormones) of the U.S. do not want his presence here and no longer will we the people suffer from headaches due to his annoyance. No ...view middle of the document...

If by any luck that you do get to the next page of the application, a page is saving and verifying the information in the background and then informs you “error, the page has occurred an error and has been reported, our administrators are working to resolve the issue.” As of 24 February 2014 I’ve finally finished applying for medical coverage and apparently, my family is eligible for Medicaid the only problem I have is that my wife being an illegal immigrant does not qualify for Medicaid at all. I hope they don’t find out (fingers crossed).
Immigrant women, and especially undocumented immigrants have higher birthrates than U.S. born women. According to an article I found it stated:
Legal restrictions have made it difficult for many immigrants to find health coverage they can afford. In fact, among women of reproductive age (15-44), 45% of the 6.6 million noncitizen immigrants were uninsured in 2011, compared with 24% of naturalized citizens and 18% of U.S.-born women. Those figures are just as striking among poor women in that age-group: 60% percent of noncitizen immigrant women were uninsured, compared with 34% of U.S.-born women. The Medicaid waiting period is particularly salient for this group: Only 26% of poor noncitizen immigrant women of reproductive age had Medicaid coverage, compared with 44% of those who are U.S. born. (Sonfield, 2013).
Sonfield’s article continued to state that:
Advocates for immigrants’ access to health coverage, including advocates focused on sexual and reproductive health, are working with members of Congress to move away from this harmful starting point. They have a strong case to make for why blocking immigrants’ access to health coverage is bad for women, families, and society. Immigrant women, and especially undocumented immigrants, have higher birthrates than U.S.-born women. They also are particularly likely to be young, low-income and women of color, which are demographic characteristics linked to an elevated risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs. Ensuring they have coverage for services such as maternity care, contraception, cervical cancer screening, and STI testing and treatment would benefit their health and the health of their partners and children. One promising sign is that, according to a February 2013 poll, most Americans believe immigrants granted provisional status should be able to qualify for Medicaid (63%) and for subsidies to buy insurance on the exchanges (59%). (Sonfield, 2013).
Another Article from 2009 stated:
An estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of unauthorized immigrants, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. Unauthorized immigrants comprise slightly more than 4% of the adult population of the U.S., but because they are relatively young and have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the...

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