Immigrants and the Human Right to Health Care: A Perspective on the Federal Health Reform Law

Publication Date
May, 2010

Part of a series of fact sheets published by NESRI, analyzing the law from the perspective of women, immigrants, and people of color.

NESRIĀ finds that the new federal health reform law fails to meet the key human rights standards of universality, equity, and accountability, which has concrete repercussions for already disadvantaged groups. The new law excludes many people who cannot afford comprehensive insurance or are unable to prove their eligibility for public programs or the new insurance marketplaces. This fact sheet measures the federal health reform law against human right to health principles and gives an overview of some of the ways immigrants will be affected by the new legislation.

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