Accessing expensive medical specialty care – cancer treatment or dialysis, as examples – can be daunting in the best of circumstances. The expansion of Medicaid and private insurance have swelled wait lists and strained specialty clinics, while high co-pays and deductibles can add up quickly.
But none have it harder than undocumented immigrants when it comes to accessing low-cost specialty care. The state health insurance exchange only sells to legal residents, and insurers often have their own restrictions. Meanwhile, a confusing raft of state and federal laws and hospital policies can conspire to shut people like Franco out from even what charity care is available.
Read the full story here: Charity Health Care Hard to Come by for Undocumented Immigrants