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A bill could close a gap in Illinois’s immigration-related healthcare coverage

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Advocates for migration and health policy and state legislators are working to pass legislation that will expand access to healthcare for non-citizen immigrants in Illinois.

In Illinois, no program for this group of individuals between the ages of 19 and 41.

SB 122 and HB 1570 might fill that hole.

Yevin An, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a DACA candidate, presently receives health insurance from her school.

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“What occurs after I graduate? I’ll be in the same situation I was in 4 years ago, worried for my financial stability and health,” she added.

Ngozi Ezike, the present CEO of Sinai Chicago and a previous director of public health for the state of Illinois claims that immigrants cannot keep stable employment, pursue education, or provide for their families back home if they are unable to maintain health and search out frequent, medical services.

“Ultimately, our battle is one for health justice or equality. The main element in maintaining the health of our community, she continued, is health insurance.