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President Obama and Secretary Sebelius: Make Healthcare Reforms Available to DACA Youth

President Obama and Secretary Sebelius: Make Healthcare Reforms Available to DACA Youth

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A coalition letter of national racial justice, LGBT equality, health care rights, and human rights organizations join efforts to ensure that Deferred Action eligible youth have access to healthcare benefits enacted by the Affordable Care Act.
A coalition letter of national racial justice, LGBT equality, health care rights, and human rights organizations join efforts to ensure that Deferred Action eligible youth have access to healthcare benefits enacted by the Affordable Care Act.

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September10,2012PresidentBarackObamaTheWhiteHouse1600PennsylvaniaAvenue,NWWashington,DC20500DearPresidentObama,WethankyoufortakingtheboldstepofannouncingthenewDeferredActionforChildhoodArrivals(DACA)programonJune15
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.ThisprogramwillenableoveronemillionyoungaspiringAmericanstolivewithoutfearofdeportationandtousetheireducationandtalentseffectivelytoworkandsupporttheirfamilies.DACAwillfundamentallychangethelivesoftheseyoungpeopleandtheirfamiliesandwillbeaboontoournation’seconomy.Sofar,theprogramhasbeenatremendoussuccessandhasinspiredanewhopeinimmigrantcommunitiesandinthosewhosupportthem.WeapplaudtheUnitedStatesCitizenshipandImmigrationService,whichhas,sofar,actedinatimelyandresponsiblemannertobringthevisionforthisprogramtolife–deadlineshavebeenmet,communicationhasbeenconstant,openandearnest,andtheapplicationprocesshasbeenstraightforwardandfair.Inturn,DREAMers,organizationswhichservetheimmigrantcommunity,mediapartnersandeverydayindividualshavebeenworkingaroundtheclocktoensurethatpotentialbeneficiarieshavethehelptheyneedtotakeadvantageofthishistoricopportunity.However,wearegravelydisappointedandconcernedwiththerecentannouncementbyyouradministrationtoexcludeyouthapprovedforthenewdeferredactionpolicyfromkeyfeaturesoftheAffordableCareAct(ACA)andtopreventchildrenandpregnantwomenapprovedforDACAfromenrollinginaffordable,healthinsuranceunderthestateoptionavailableinMedicaidandtheChildren’sHealthInsuranceProgram.Priortothisannouncement,federalruleswouldhaveallowedDACAbeneficiaries,likeothersgranteddeferredaction,toenrollintheseaffordablehealthcoverageprogramsifotherwiseeligible.AttheRoseGardenannouncementoftheDACAprogram,youdescribedundocumentedyouthasfullyintegratedintoAmericansociety,educated,andreadytofulfilltheirdreams.Thedecisiontosingleusoutbyrestrictingusfromaccesstoaffordablehealthcarerunscountertothatvision.Italsorunscountertothepurposeofyoursignaturelegislativeachievement—theAffordableCareAct—whichwasmeanttoensurethataccesstoaffordablehealthcarewouldbewithinthereachofmillionsforwhomitwasnotpreviouslyavailable.Discriminatingagainstundocumentedyouthbyrestrictingaccesstocoverageplacesthehealthofchildren,youth,pregnantwomenandtheirnewborninfantsatrisk,andfailstoensurethatyoungworkersandstudentsremainhealthyandproductive.Furthermore,itinterfereswiththecost-effectivestrategyofincludinghealthyandyoungindividualsinthenation’sriskpool.WecannotseeanylegitimatepolicyreasonsforthechangesannouncedbyyouradministrationattheendofAugust,morethanayearbeforethebulkoftheAffordableCareActissettotakeeffectin2014.Wearealsoextremelyconcernedthatstateshostiletoimmigrantswillattempttouseyour
 
administration’sdecisiontofurtherrestrictopportunitiesforindividualsgranteddeferredactionundertheDACAprogram.Indeed,immediatelyfollowingtheAugust30announcement,ArizonaGovernorBrewerseizedtheopportunitytoclaimthatthisprovidessupportforArizona’splanstodenyDACAbeneficiariesaccesstodriver’slicensesandotherstatebenefits.WestronglyurgeyouradministrationtoreconsideritsdecisionandtotakenoteofourunifiedanddetermineddesiretoseethatDREAMersaretreatedwithfairness,dignityandtherespectthattheydeserve.We,theimmigrantyouthacrossthenation,andtheorganizationslistedbelow,willcontinuetoencourageyoungpeopletoseizethishistoricopportunitytoworkandtofulfilltheirdreams,freefromtheimmediatethreatofdeportation.WealsoremaincommittedtoensuringthattheAffordableCareActachievesitsgoalsofimprovingaccesstocoverageandcare,andwillcontinuetoeducateourcommunitiesaboutitsbenefits.WehopethatwecancountonyouradministrationtoensurethatundocumentedyouthareintegratedfullyintoU.S.society,withalloftherights,responsibilitiesandsupportnecessarytomakethishappen.Sincerely,UnitedWeDreamNetworkAbortionCareNetworkAdvocatesforWomenAdvocatesforYouthAIDSFoundationofChicagoAIDSUnited(Washington,D.C.)AllianceforaJustSocietyAmerica'sVoiceEducationFundAmericanAssociationofUniversityWomen(AAUW)AmericanCollegeOccupationalMedicineAmericansforImmigrantJusticeAsian&PacificIslanderAmericanHealthForumAsianAmericanInstituteAsianAmericanJusticeCenterAsianAmericanLegalDefenseandEducationFundAsianandPacificIslandersCaliforniaNetworkAsianLawAllianceAsianPacificPolicyandPlanningCouncilAsianPacificAmericanLegalCenterAssociationofAsianPacificCommunityHealthOrganizationsAssociationofReproductiveHealthProfessionalsBlackWomenforWellnessCaliforniaImmigrantPolicyCenterCaliforniaLatinasforReproductiveJusticeCampaignforCommunityChangeCatholicsforChoiceCenterforReproductiveRightsCenterforWomenPolicyStudiesChildrenNowCHIRLACenterforLawandSocialPolicyClinicaSierraVistaCoalitionforAsianAmericanChildrenandFamiliesCoalitionofLaborUnionWomenCoalitiononHumanNeedsColoradoCenteronLawandPolicyCommunityCatalystCommunityServiceSocietyofNYConnecticutLegalServicesConsejodeFederacionesMexicanas-COFEM,CACaliforniaPan-EthnicHealthNetworkDisabilityRightsEducationandDefenseFund(DREDF)EarthMamaHealing,Inc.ElCentrodeIgualdadyDerechos,NewMexicoEmpireJusticeCenterFairImmigrationReformMovementFamiliesforFreedomFamilyEqualityCouncilFarmworkerJusticeFilipinoAdvocatesforJusticeFirstFocusForwardTogetherFranciscanActionNetworkGayandLesbianMedicalAssociationGenerationAllianceGreaterHartfordlegalAidHavingOurSay
 
HealthCareforallMassachusettsHealthCareforallNYIdahoCommunityActionNetwork,IdahoILCoalitionforImmigrantandRefugeeRightsImmigrantLegalResourceCenterIowaCitizensforCommunityInvestment,IowaJewishCouncilforPublicAffairsKoreanAmericanResourceandCulturalCenter,IllinoisKoreanResourceCenter,CALawStudentsforReproductiveJusticeLeagueofUnitedLatinAmericanCitizensLutheranImmigrationandRefugeeServiceMaderaCoalitionForCommunityJusticeMainStreetAllianceMaineEqualJusticeMakeTheRoadNYMALDEFMarylandDisabilityLawCenterMassachusettsImmigrantandRefugeAdvocateCoalitionMIRACoalitionMataHari:EyeoftheDayMaternalAndChildHealthAccessMomsRisingMs.FoundationforWomenNAPAFASANationalAsianPacificAmericanWomen'sForum(NAPAWF)NationalAssemblyonschoolbasedHealthNationalAssociationofCommunityHealthCentersNationalAssociationofSocialWorkersNationalCenterforLesbianRightsNationalCenterforTransgenderEqualityNationalCoalitionforLGBTHealthNationalCouncilofJewishWomenNationalCouncilofLaRazaNationalFamilyPlanningandReproductiveHealthAssociationNationalGayandLesbianTaskForceNationalHealthLawProgramNationalHispanicMedicalAssociationNationalImmigrationForumNationalImmigrationLawCenterNationalKoreanAmericanServiceandEducationConsortium,NAKASECNationalLatinaInstituteforReproductiveHealthNationalMinorityAIDSCouncilNationalNetworkforImmigrantandRefugeeRightsNationalOrganizationforWomenNationalPartnershipforWomen&FamiliesNationalResearchCenterforWomen&FamiliesNationalWomen'sHealthNetworkNewYorkImmigrationCoalition,NYNHLEGALNorthwestHealthLawAdvocatesNorthwestImmigrantRightsProjectNationalQueerAsianPacificIslanderAllianceOneAmericaOneAmerica,WashingtonParalosNiñosPennsylvaniaImmigrantandCitizensCoalition,PennsylvaniaPeopleFortheAmericanWayPlannedParenthoodAffiliatesofCaliforniaPublicJusticeCenterRaisingWomen'sVoicesfortheHealthCareWeNeedReformedChurchofHighlandReproductiveHealthTechnologiesProjectSCAppleseedSEARACServices,ImmigrantRightsandEducationNetworkSexualityInformationandEducationCounciloftheUnitedStatesSHIRESouthAsiancouncilforSocialServicesStreetLevelHealthProjectSunflowerCommunityActionNetwork,KansasTennesseeJusticeCenterTheEpiscopalChurchTheLegalAidSocietyofSanMateoTheNationalAssemblyonSchool-BasedHealthCareUnid@sVirginiaPovertyLawCenterVisionyCompromisoWashingtonCAN!WesternCenteronLawandPovertyWhoismyneighbor,Inc.WICIRYoungInvincibleYWCAUSA

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