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NILC Alert on Passage of HR 3962: The Impact of the House Reform Bill on the Immigrant Community

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
November 12, 2009

Steve Hitov from the National Health Law Program shared the following  good summary from the National Immigration Law Center on how immigrants are treated in the health reform bill that passed in the House last week, saying :  " The current proposed treatment of  immigrants, lawful and otherwise, in the House and Senate ranges from merely uncharitable and occasionally ill-advised (in the House) to truly Xenophobic, bordering on hateful (in the Senate).  For those on the list who think we are, or as a country ought to be, better than that, NILC has conveniently provided a list of possible Next Steps below to guide you in your efforts to convince your elected officials that it is at best bad manners to invite immigrants into our house (remember, many of restrictions, like the 5 year ban from Medicaid and CHIP, apply to legal immigrants) and then treat them like 18th century kitchen help."


A Move Forward - Health Reform Passes in the House of Representatives

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for Immigrants
Late Saturday night, November 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the "Affordable Health Care for America Act" (H.R. 3962) by a close vote of 220-215. This health reform
legislation could be a critical step towards changing the status quo to help Americans obtain quality, affordable health care. Yet the bill sends mixed signals to immigrants in terms of whether
immigrants and their families will be fully integrated in our communities with fair access to affordable health care.  Read the rest of the email that was sent.