Gov. Cuomo: DACA Recipients will Continue to Receive State-Funded Medicaid

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is committed to continue providing state-funded Medicaid to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In a statement, Gov. Cuomo said DACA recipients in New York will remain eligible for state-funded Medicaid regardless of the termination or any federal changes in their permit to stay in the country. The state will not put at risk the health of these young undocumented immigrants also known as Dreamers.

At present, there are approximately 42,000 DACA recipients in New York. Many of the Dreamers are at risk of losing their employment-based health insurance. These young undocumented immigrants are considered Permanently Residing Under Color of Law (PRUCOL). Under the state law, they are eligible to receive state-funded Medicaid or Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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According to Gov. Cuomo, “The federal government’s failure to take action to protect DACA recipients is appalling, un-American, unjust, and puts hundreds of thousands of children at risk. Here in New York, we will do everything in our power to protect DACA recipients and ensure they receive health care.”