Trafficking Victim Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (June 18, 2014) [pdf]

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (popularly known as the “ACA”) of 2010 sought to increase health care coverage in the United States by requiring that eligible individuals purchase qualified health insurance plans and the establishment of online health insurance exchanges, which contain multiple private health insurance plans. Trafficking victims who are granted continued presence and trafficking victims who file for and receive T-visas have greater access to a full range of subsidized health care benefits than any other group of immigrant crime victims. In addition to the federal laws, states have the power to regulate immigrants’ access to health care and to public benefits.