Covering undocumented children is a win for health care

Over the past 20 years, there have been extensive federal and state efforts to expand affordable health care for millions of adults and children. In fact, the uninsured population in the United States has reached historic levels down from 8.8%. But do these extensions cover everyone? What if you are undocumented?

In June 2021, the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill making all children under the age of eight who come from families earning up to 201% of the federal poverty level eligible for HUSKY coverage, regardless of immigration status. However, a similar proposal to extend coverage to undocumented children between the ages of eight and 19 failed in the 2022 legislative session. Instead, the legislature passed a reduced offer to extend coverage to children under age 13, allowing children who enroll while eligible to keep coverage until age 19.

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