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S. 1660: HEAL for Immigrant Families Act of 2021

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About the bill

If you thought the line at your local DMV was long, try waiting five years.

Context and what the legislation does

Although undocumented immigrants aren’t eligible for such healthcare programs as ObamacareMedicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), lawfully present immigrants are. However, most of them must wait five years after achieving such “qualified” immigration status before they can enroll. (Some exceptions to that five-year wait are permitted, such as for refugees or people seeking asylum.)

The HEAL (Health Equity and Access under Law) for Immigrant Families Act would eliminate the five-year wait for immigrants to enroll in Medicaid and CHIP. It would also let undocumented immigrants enroll in the healthcare exchanges established by Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.

The House version …

Sponsor and status

Cory Booker

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 17, 2021
Length: 15 pages
May 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 17, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 17, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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12 Cosponsors (11 Democrats, 1 Independent)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 17, 2021

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S. 1660 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1660. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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