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African Services' Supervising Attorney Kate Webster and Co-Executive Director Kim Nichols successfully pushed for a major change in the scope of NYC Ryan-White Funding, according to an announcement released by Public Health Solutions on May 12, 2015, titled "Legal Services for Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain PRUCOL Status," which states:
"Effective March 1, 2015, NYC DOHMH and PHS will allow for reimbursement of immigration matters in Ryan White-funded Legal Services (ADV) programs for the purpose of obtaining PRUCOL (Permanent Residence Under Color of Law) status for undocumented Ryan White clients."
African Services Committee applauds Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) and her colleagues for introducing the Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2015.
The HEAL Act removes the five year ban that prevents certain lawfully present individuals from accessing coverage through Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as removing the restrictions that prevent individuals granted deferred action from receiving subsidized coverage through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.
Immigrant women, the backbone of their families and communities, are more likely to be low-income, of reproductive age, and uninsured for healthcare. Individuals without health insurance may delay treatment, leading to higher costs and greater suffering, or seek care through under-resourced emergency systems such as Emergency Medicaid.