U.S.-born Children with Immigrant Parents Uninsured at Nearly Twice the Rate of Children with Native-born Parents

“… This report is the first to analyze Census Bureau data documenting recent health insurance changes for U.S.-citizen children with immigrant parents. We find that, while children with and without immigrant parents lost insurance from 2016 to 2018, U.S.-citizen children with immigrant parents experienced particularly great harm:

» Losses in the coverage provided by Medicaid were nearly four times as high for U.S.-citizen children with immigrant parents as for children with native-born parents.

» Increases in the proportion of children without any insurance whatsoever were nearly twice as high for U.S.-citizen children with immigrant parents as for children with native-born parents.

We also find that 7.8 million U.S.-citizen children with immigrant parents rely on Medicaid to obtain necessary health care. They comprise 22% of all children covered through Medicaid. The administration’s immigration restrictions slated to take effect on February 24 will have the foreseeable effect of causing many of them to lose health coverage. ..”

Source: https://www.familiesusa.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/02/COV_Citizen-Children_Analysis-002.final_.pdf
Collateral Damage: The Administration’s Public Charge Immigration
Restrictions are Endangering Health Coverage for U.S.-Citizen Children, Rebecca Dorn, Stan Dorn, Families USA, February 2020.

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