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Legal Immigrants and Health Insurance

Updated: Oct 13

Legal immigrants to the United States have a right to health care insurance. We will discuss this comment in the article without getting into the politics, or the emotional aspects associated with all those who are fleeing from dangers in their own country.


People come to America for many reasons and from all over the world. Some arrive as students, some on work visas such as H-1B and H-2B, some as entrepreneurs, and have E-2 visas. Other legal immigrants satisfy other criteria and intend to apply for permanent residency.


Who Is Eligible?

Lawfully present immigrants are eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace®, and these include:

  • Qualified non-citizens.

  • Those with humanitarian statuses or other qualifying circumstances.

  • Holders of valid non-immigrant visas. (These include, for example, H-1B, H-2B, and E-2 Visas.)

  • Anyone with legal status which has been conferred by American law, such as temporary residency, Family Unity Individuals, etc.

  • ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number)

Healthcare.gov provides a complete list of all statuses which qualify for Marketplace coverage.

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