Facts regarding immigrants and our health care system
Just the facts:
Documented immigrants--adults and children--must now wait 5 years after coming to the United States to apply for any public health benefits. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for public health benefits, except for some emergency Medicaid assistance at the point of service or emergency.
Five years after this rule changed, non-elderly, documented immigrant adults had experienced a 36% decline in health coverage.
From 1995 to 2005, the uninsured rate for citizen children declined to 15% from 19%, thanks to increases in Medicaid and CHIP enrollments.
During the same period, the uninsured rate for documented immigrant children rose to 48% from 44%, while Medicaid and CHIP coverage declined by 17% among these children.
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia use state-only funds to provide basic health services to documented children and pregnant women who otherwise would be subject to the 5-year delay. States with high immigrant populations are among these states, including California, New York and Texas.
Many of the "new growth" states for immigrants, such as Arkansas, North Carolina and Iowa, do not offer these benefits.
The continuing belief that ineligible documented and undocumented immigrants are receiving massive public health benefits led to a provision in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 that now requires U. S. citizens to present proof of citizenship when applying or renewing for Medicaid benefits.
Only 16% of total medical costs for documented and undocumented immigrants were covered through public sources. In terms of taxes paid, the annual cost of health care for documented immigrants per American household is $56 and $11 for emergency Medicaid services for undocumented immigrants.
[Sources: Center on Budget and Public Policy Priorities and the Center for American Progress]
It's still true: CitySquare needs investors who will remain consistent in their financial and spiritual commitment to see us grow in effectiveness and impact on quality of life issues among thousands of our struggling, low-income neighbors who visit us each year.
We're refining our "portfolio" of products to increase our effectiveness.
Our new Opportunity Center brings a white hot focus on jobs and employment improvement to South Dallas/Fair Park. The resources for training, employing and sustaining financial improvement are in place. We know that this new focus will open doors for better lives to the people who are ready and willing to seize the new opportunities that we are now able to offer.
We need special investors to partner with us to sustain this new intensity at a time when the job market is improving.
We need investors who will:
1) Make regular financial contributions to CitySquare. We can't work well without consistent funding.
2) Volunteer to serve as a "coach" for people entering the workforce.
3) Volunteer as an instructor in our new get ready to work "boot camp."
4) Volunteer to be a "buddy" to a person who is in training as they move into employment.
5) Offer up jobs for the men and women we train. Allow our team to partner with you and your company to help make these eager employees successful.
6) Make sure your current and new employees, who qualify, file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. See to it that your company and employees regard the EITC as a "company benefit" that rewards hard work.
I'd love to talk to you about these investment opportunities! Shoot me an email (ljames@CitySquare.org) or call me at 469.904.7016.
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