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Undocumented Dreamers” and the Health of the Dreamers

Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty Chica­go Stritch School of Medicine’s recent announce­ment that it would accept appli­ca­tions from Dream­ers – young undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants eli­gi­ble for Deferred Action on Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) sta­tus – is an inno­v­a­tive and wel­come response to the promise implic­it in DACA. The idea that young peo­ple who had been brought to the U.S. as […]

The Undocumented Unwell

Jonathan H. Marks, “The Undoc­u­ment­ed Unwell,” Hast­ings Cen­ter Report 43, no. 1 (2013): 10–11. DOI: 10.1.002/hast.124 Abstract: Nell Tou­s­saint is not well. In recent years, she has been diag­nosed with uter­ine fibroids, uncon­trolled hyper­ten­sion, nephrot­ic syn­drome, poor­ly con­trolled dia­betes, hyper­lipi­demia, and a pul­monary embolism. She also suf­fers from decreased mobil­i­ty, short­ness of breath, and-per­haps not sur­pris­ing­ly, giv­en her […]

The Ethics of Advocacy for Undocumented Patients

Nan­cy Berlinger and Rajeev Ragha­van, “The Ethics of Advo­ca­cy for Undoc­u­ment­ed Patients,” Hast­ings Cen­ter Report 43, no. 1 (2013): 14–17. DOI: 10.1.002/hast.126 Abstract: Approx­i­mate­ly 11.2 mil­lion undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants have set­tled in the Unit­ed States. Pro­vid­ing health care to these res­i­dents is an every­day con­cern for the clin­i­cians and health care orga­ni­za­tions who serve them. Uncer­tain how to […]

Health Reform and Access for Undocumented Patients: Pressure on the Safety-Net

Buy a bag of let­tuce, and I guar­an­tee you that the hands of at least one undoc­u­ment­ed work­er helped get it to your table. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, rig­or­ous iden­ti­fi­ca­tion require­ments and changes to fed­er­al Dis­pro­por­tion­ate Share fund­ing for safe­­ty-net providers will make access to med­ical care for that undoc­u­ment­ed work­er more dif­fi­cult after imple­men­ta­tion of the Patient […]

The Intersection of Medical Education and Healthcare Access for Undocumented Immigrants

The per­son­al state­ment I wrote twen­ty years ago to gain entrance into med­ical school read, “Accom­pa­ny­ing my grand­moth­er for med­ical appoint­ments showed me first­hand unset­tling inequities in our health care sys­tem.  Med­ic­aid patients vis­it­ed crowd­ed clin­ics, endured long wait­ing peri­ods, and expe­ri­enced a lack of med­ical con­ti­nu­ity as her physi­cians changed from week to week.  […]

Access to Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants as a Family Health Issue

The 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign is the lat­est reminder of how dif­fi­cult it is to reach bipar­ti­san con­sen­sus about health care pol­i­cy in the U.S. In con­trast, both par­ties offer rhetor­i­cal sup­port to improv­ing child health and pro­vid­ing chil­dren with access to health care. The real­i­ty, of course, is more com­plex. Despite the impor­tance of […]