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Treating uninsured immigrants after health care reform

The Affordable Care Act was intended to provide insurance for the uninsured – with one notable exception. Undocumented immigrants and lawfully present immigrants who’ve been here less than five years are excluded from health care reform. They are not eligible to purchase private insurance on state exchanges and they remain ineligible for Medicaid. National Immigration Law Center Health Policy Attorney Sonal Ambegaokar says the decision to exclude those populations was purely political — since excluding them undermines the effectiveness of the reform.