DACA Recipients Now Eligible for Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act

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On May 8, 2024, the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule to modify the definition of "lawfully present" applicable for enrollment eligibility in a Qualified Health Plan. This modification will allow DACA recipients to be eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

DACA recipients will be able to sign up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov or their state equivalent in November of this year and begin health coverage in December.

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