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Filipino Families Unaware of Affordable Care Act

Part 2 of a series by Cristina Pastor.

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Chinatown – A Last Holdout for NYC Smokers

In parks, subway stations, even restaurants, cigarette smoking is still common among Chinese-speaking residents.

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The Supreme Court Rulings and Their Effects on Immigrant Communities

Commentary by Erwin de Leon on how this week’s Supreme Court rulings on health care and SB 1070 will impact immigrants.


A Year In, Immigrant Groups Say Health Care Reform Has Benefited Communities

On the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care for Americans Act, groups in New York say federal health care reform has already benefited immigrant small business owners.

Maria Garcia at immigration rally in New York on July 29, 2010 - Photo: Sarah Kramer

New York’s Top 10 Immigration Priorities

New York’s immigrant advocates announced their legislative priorities for the year. At the top of the list are ensuring language access to state government services and ending the state’s participation in the U.S. Secure Communities program.

Thousandsof New York pharmacies will now accept discount prescription cards - Photo: Paul Arrington

New Card Reduces Cost of Drugs, May Cut Health Care Costs for Immigrants in NY

NYCRx, a nonprofit organization in New York City began distributing free discount prescription cards this week for uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers.

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Obama Writes To Latinos, Says Health Reform Will Help Them

In an op-ed published on Wednesday in the Spanish-language press, President Obama announced the launch of www.ciudadosdesalud.com, the federal government’s health insurance portal for the Hispanic community.

Mount Sinai Hospital - Photo: Cristina DC Pastor

Once a Hospital Mainstay, Filipino Immigrant Nurses Face Dwindling Job Opportunities

In NY, with a heavy concentration of Filipino nurses working in hospitals and nursing homes, 3 areas of concern weigh heavily: the recession, a shortage of visas, and a testing scandal.

Some Immigrants Going Back to Their Home Countries To Get Affordable Health Care

Patricia Presa will seek treatment for her uterine cancer in Mexico. (Photos: Valeria Fernandez)

Patricia Presa will seek treatment for her uterine cancer in Mexico. (Photos: Valeria Fernández)

PHOENIX, Arizona — A month ago, Patricia Presa learned that she has uterine cancer. She’s decided to go back to her native Mexico to seek treatment there, because she is an undocumented immigrant and can’t afford to pay for health care in the U.S.

“Unfortunately, I need the treatment but I don’t have the money to pay for the expenses. Whether it is the medicine or the doctor’s appointments, each costs me $110,” said Presa, who’s 33. She doesn’t know if the care she’ll receive in Mexico will be better than what’s available in Arizona, but she hopes she can apply for a form of public insurance the country offers to residents known as Seguro Popular. She is married to a U.S. citizen, but because she came across the border illegally she is ineligible to adjust her immigration status or receive health care benefits in the U.S.

Listen to Presa (in Spanish):


The decision by Presa and other unauthorized migrants to return to their home country for medical treatment is further evidence of the link between two hotly contested issues facing Congress and the Obama administration — health care reform and immigration. The ability of undocumented immigrants to access health care services under President Obama’s reform package has stirred controversy and criticism from both ends of the political spectrum. But for the most part, the undocumented themselves have not had a voice in the debate


Senate Committee Considers Immigration-Related Amendments to Health Care Bill

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor
Sen. Max Baucus presides the Finance Committee's session on health care reform - Image: C-SPAN

Sen. Max Baucus presides at the Finance Committee's session on health care reform. (Image: C-SPAN)

As the health care reform bill slogs through the Senate, the Finance Committee may consider some 15 amendments related to coverage (or lack of it) for immigrants, Spanish-language Los Angeles newspaper La Opinión reported Wednesday.

The amendments are related to issues including identity verification, who gets coverage and who qualifies for subsidies to pay for it, La Opinión’s Antonieta Cádiz reported.

Democrats Robert Menéndez, Jay Rockefeller and Jeff Bingaman have introduced five amendments, two of which deal with coverage for immigrant children who are American citizens, and the eligibility of mixed-status immigrant families for subsidies.