For immigrants, access to health and human services benefits can be complicated. Federal statutory provisions, state and local benefit program choices, mixed citizenship and immigration status among family members, and varying immigration enforcement efforts at the federal, state, and local levels can shape whether benefits are available and accessible. Recent health care reform provisions may further complicate the policy environment.
This project maps the legal and policy contexts that can affect immigrant families’ wellbeing and access to health and human services. Through synthesis of existing information and five in-depth site visits, the project:
- identifies and describes the eligibility criteria related to immigrant families under major federal, state, and local health and human services programs;
- identifies and describes major barriers to immigrant families’ access to health and human services, including program eligibility provisions, immigration enforcement initiatives, family composition, or other factors; and
- identifies and describes innovative or promising practices, program designs, and other strategies and initiatives that may facilitate immigrant families’ access to health and human services.