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Health Care for Immigrant Families: Current Policies and Issues

Leighton Ku, Mariellen Jewers
June 2013

Low-income immigrant children are less likely than their U.S.-born counterparts to see a doctor - even when they are insured. Similarly, immigrant adults are less likely to use emergency rooms than low-income natives, according to analysis of Current Population Survey and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.

The report, which examines health care coverage and usage among immigrants and the U.S.-born, finds that 44 percent of noncitizen immigrants in the United States are uninsured, compared to 13 percent of native-born citizens.