Administration: Personal info for health care only

The Obama administration is stressing that information provided while signing up for coverage under the new health care law will not be used to enforce immigration law.

That's always been the case, but lingering fear among some immigrants that personal details could be used against them led the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to clarify. In a memo released late Friday, the agency reiterated that it does not use provided during the enrollment process to pursue civil immigration enforcement.

Illegal immigrants are ineligible for benefits under the nation's overhaul, but U.S. citizens or legal residents living with them may be eligible.

Some applicants must provide information on the citizenship status of others living with them to help make sure the household is processed correctly.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Immigration reform needs to address access to health care

Mar 19, 2013

With comprehensive immigration reform a priority for President Obama and gaining bipartisan and public support, there is a need and an opportunity to consider how the millions of undocumented immigrants should be integrated ...

Recommended for you

Preterm children's brains can catch up years later

12 hours ago

There's some good news for parents of preterm babies – latest research from the University of Adelaide shows that by the time they become teenagers, the brains of many preterm children can perform almost as well as those ...

Mortality rates increase due to extreme heat and cold

13 hours ago

Epidemiological studies have repeatedly shown that death rates rise in association with extremely hot weather. The heat wave in Western Europe in the summer of 2003, for example, resulted in about 22,000 extra deaths. A team ...

User comments