Pres. Joe Biden announced that he proposed to expand health coverage for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Biden Proposed to Expand Health Coverage for DACA Recipients
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status started during the time of former Pres. Barrack Obama. This is the status given to young adults or those who do not have legal status but have been in the U.S. since they were children to study and work.
In a published article in NBC News, Pres. Joe Biden announced that he proposed to expand the health coverage for DACA recipients. This is to ensure that they will qualify for public health insurance that includes Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans and subsidies.
It is expected that this will help over 800,000 DACA recipients in the country who are facing problems with health services or coverage. The health coverage issue is a severe problem among DACA recipients.
Biden’s Statement About the Expansion of Health Coverage for DACA Recipients
According to a published article in DAILY KOS, Pres. Biden said in April through the social media Twitter, “Today’s announcement is about giving DACA recipients the same opportunities. We’ll continue doing what we can to protect Dreamers.”
Furthermore, the White House also expected the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to clearly define the term “lawful presence” for the purpose of including DACA recipients to gain access in Medicaid and Affordable Care Act coverage.