WASHINGTON – Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that DACA recipients can obtain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. This new decision would allow thousands of DACA recipients to purchase coverage through the ACA Marketplaces and access government-funded health insurance programs, expanding healthcare access for a significant portion of the insured population in the country.
Statement from Nathalie Rayes, president and CEO of Latino Victory Project:
“The Biden-Harris administration’s decision to expand health care access for DACA recipients is a transformative one that will not only enhance the quality of life for thousands of DACA recipients but also save lives. Health care is a human right, and as the most powerful country in the world, our elected officials must do all they can to protect and expand this right.
“Like all Americans, DACA recipients are tax-paying individuals who contribute to our nation’s economy in communities across the country, and they have every right to access quality, affordable health care. This change is welcomed news for thousands of immigrants, especially undocumented communities, who delay or go without needed care because of the limited access to health care coverage options. This is also a signal that the Biden-Harris administration is doing what’s right for the immigrant community. We applaud the Biden-Harris administration for their decision to expand health care access for DACA recipients.”
The Latino Victory Project is a 501c4 organization that develops a pipeline of Latino leaders and shapes public discourse to reflect the growing influence of the Latino community while also building cross-constituency alliances that can move the country forward.