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Undocumented DACA Immigrants?

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Question: I have a two-year work visa under President Obama’s DACA law but I am not a citizen and do not have a green card. Can I get California Covered?

Answer: You are definitely eligible for Medi-Cal, not sure about premium tax credits and or cost sharing reductions in Covered California. You have legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and as such are eligible for Medi-Cal in California. Background: In 2012, President Obama developed DACA, which grants undocumented children legal status and authorization to work in the United States for two-year periods. To be eligible for the program, children must:

  • Have arrived in the U.S. before age 16;
  • Be under age 31 as of June 2012; and
  • Have continually lived in the U.S since 2007.

While the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA specifically excludes undocumented residents, California ruled that DACA residents are eligible for Medi-Cal.

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DACA does NOT grant “legal status” — it provides a limited moratorium against deportation as an illegal immigrant. That’s a very big difference. But it does, under the requirements listed above, set certain eligibility criteria for Medi-Cal. It still means US Taxpayers are footing the bill for illegal immigrants.

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