As Congress continues to address the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that they take immediate action to address a longstanding, unnecessary gap in health coverage by lifting the five-year bar that blocks lawfully present immigrant families from accessing insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Congress must lift the five-year bar because:
- Public health and safety depend on comprehensive, community-wide health coverage.
- Coverage gaps create ripple effects on the entire health system.
- Particularly in light of COVID-19, the five-year bar is outdated and does not align with current health care or immigration systems.
- Eligible families deserve access to programs their tax dollars pay for.