Groups Attempt To Boost Immigrants' Understanding Of Massachusetts Health Insurance Mandate
To address"widespread" confusion among immigrants about the new
The law requires
Immigrants who are legal residents can apply for:
- Commonwealth Care, which provides subsidized health coverage;
- MassHealth Standard, the state's Medicaid program; or Advertisement
- Commonwealth Choice, another program offered through the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority.
Only undocumented immigrants who file income taxes will be penalized if theydon't have health insurance. Undocumented immigrants can apply for coveragethrough MassHealth Limited, which only covers emergency services, and theHealth Safety Net Pool, which is open to low-income residents.
The Brazilian American Association starting in October sponsored fourworkshops on the new law that featured Milagros Abrue, a researcher from
The Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations for Hope in September and Octobervisited two Hispanic churches in the area to help inform Hispanics about the newlaw (MetroWest Daily News, 12/16).
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