8 Things Immigrant Families Need to Know About Marketplace Coverage

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen or be lawfully present in the U.S. to be eligible for Marketplace coverage.
  2. You may be eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage if you’re a U.S. citizen or have a “qualified” immigration status.
  3. In some states, lawfully present children and pregnant women may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP even if they don’t have a “qualified” immigration status.
  4. You may need to wait 5 years after you get “qualified” immigration status to get Medicaid or CHIP.
  5. You may be able to get help with your health care costs through the Marketplace, even during your 5-year wait.
  6. If you’ve recently become lawfully present, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to get Marketplace coverage with help for your health care costs.
  7. If you’re not a U.S. citizen or lawfully present, you may be able to get Medicaid for emergency medical conditions, which includes labor and delivery.
  8. You may need to submit documents to verify your citizenship or immigration status. Your information won’t be used for immigration enforcement purposes.

Want to know more or have questions?

Visit HealthCare.gov/immigrants or call the

Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users can call 1-855-889-4325.

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