Access to Healthcare for Immigrants

Access to healthcare can be determined by several factors (i.e. geographical location, income, insurance)–being an immigrant, especially a recent immigrant to the U.S., is one of these factors. In Albany, NY, the immigrant population has grown over the past few years and currently, 13.2% of the population consists of individuals that were not born in the U.S. (1). Coming to a new country presents many unique challenges, but access to healthcare is one that can prevent individuals from adjusting well and living a safe and healthy lifestyle.

Health Insurance

Due to their lack of citizenship after first moving to the U.S., health insurance options can be limited for immigrants, especially for undocumented immigrants (2). This limits access to many providers who only accept patients with insurance, and while undocumented immigrants can sometimes receive care from community health centers, this care is often only basic primary care or to be used in emergencies (2).

In New York state, all children can receive the Child Health Plus plan, regardless of their immigration status. This plan is comprehensive and includes preventative care, well-child visits, and emergency services (3). Additionally, pregnant women can receive Medicaid regardless of immigration status and some documented immigrants may qualify for the Essential Plan soon after they move to NY (2). However, if an individual does not fit into these categories, the only services that an undocumented immigrant may receive are emergency services (2). While this is beneficial, it leaves out the preventative care and services that can treat symptoms before they worsen beyond control.

Translation Services & Health Literacy

Many immigrant families, especially when they first immigrate to the U.S., are considered to have low English proficiency (LEP). This makes communication in healthcare settings a challenge and can be a barrier to receiving quality care, as the patient and provider cannot have a direct, fluid conversation. Some health care settings in New York have put up this ‘Language Identification Tool Poster’ that allows patients to point to their language, so that appropriate translation services may be provided.  A portion of the poster is shown below, with a link to the full poster here:

While resources such as this poster can help, patients and providers would still not be able to speak directly to each other, and would only be able to communicate through a translator.

Additionally, understanding health insurance options can also be difficult when there is a language barrier, as there are different requirements for each plan. A search engine can be found here for in-person help. This search engine consists of a directory of in-person helpers that can assist individuals in navigating the health system and health insurance plans specifically. While only eight languages are supported, including English, this service can benefit some individuals in understanding how to receive health services for themselves and their families.

COVID-19

With the current pandemic, language barriers present a unique challenge in being able to transmit public health information clearly to the general population. As immigrants make up a large portion of the population, it is essential that they understand basic information about the virus and are able to practice appropriate measures to limit the spread of the virus. Valleywise Health Medical Center in Arizona has made a series of videos available on Youtube that describe what COVID-19 is and what to do if you are sick. These videos have been made available in 12 languages, one of which can be played below.

These videos can be incredibly helpful for individuals that may not understand what is happening in their local communities as a result the virus, but coming across these videos may not be common for many immigrants, as they require some searching. It would therefore be helpful for similar resources and information to be sent to or made available to local communities, either in the style of videos or in pamphlet form.

While many resources exist to help immigrants navigate the healthcare system and obtain information about resources, these resources are not always used or made readily available to immigrant families. Many require searching and prior knowledge about websites and organizations that usually provide public health, insurance, and language services. In the future, it would be important to ensure that immigrants are aware of the resources that exist so that they can have access to the healthcare that they might need. What are some ways this could be done?

28,771 thoughts on “Access to Healthcare for Immigrants

  1. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. Dbasia

    Reply

  2. rp7777 the newest official online slot game throughout Indonesia with daily deposit bonuses.

    Reply

  3. Gaul4d adalah situs judi slot online gacor hari ini terpercaya untuk slot88 resmi gampang maxwin hadir dengan game slot gacor terbaru mempunyai rtp live slot tertinggi saat ini. situs slot gacor

    Reply

  4. Hey there! Ready for an unmatched gaming experience? Check out trusted licensed bookmakers With a wide range of exciting games and a user-friendly interface, Kubet Club 888 offers endless entertainment

    Reply

  5. Hey there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot! sdtoto

    Reply

  6. At Shalamar Hospital, medical excellence meets compassionate care. With cutting-edge technology and a dedicated team of experts, we provide comprehensive medical services to ensure your well-being. Trust us for all your healthcare needs.

    Reply

  7. Raden138 Situs Slot Gacor Terpercaya Dapatkan Fitur Terbaru 2024 Scatter Hitam.
    Scatter Hitam adalah fitur bonus terbaru yang sedang mencuri perhatian dan menjadi viral saat ini. Fitur ini dapat memberikan kemenangan auto maxwin kepada para pemain jika berhasil mendapatkan scatter hitam saat bermain game slot Mahjong Ways2.

    Reply

  8. Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thanks a ton However We are experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Struggling to register for it. Perhaps there is everyone finding identical rss difficulty? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx sleeper couch

    Reply

  9. SITUS SLOT ONLINE TERPERCAYA, LANCAR, DAN PASTI MAXWIN. SEGERA CLAIM BERBAGAI MACAM PROMO TERBAIK!!!!! CLICK ->> BUMI365

    Reply

  10. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Cheers nya casinon 2024

    Reply

  11. Please continue this great work and I look forward to more of your awesome blog posts.

    Reply

  12. Thanks for every other excellent post. The place else may just anyone get that kind of info in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such information. acim app

    Reply

  13. I am really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems? A few of my blog readers have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any tips to help fix this issue? acim app

    Reply

  14. Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can’t help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!! Portugal’s Michelin-starred restaurants

    Reply

  15. Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can’t help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!! Air Duct Cleaning New Jersey

    Reply

  16. Access to healthcare is crucial for everyone, including immigrants. It’s important to address of My NSFAS Login barriers and ensure everyone can access the care they need for a healthy life.

    Reply

  17. marsqq With the RTP link, members will be happy and can choose the entertainment games they like

    Reply

  18. vbet88 Have a team that is experienced in handling members when they experience difficulties

    Reply

  19. Now there is an online betting game on the ABUTOGEL site with a very interesting type of online game for the players to play. On this site, you can feel the sensation and excitement when playing while having the opportunity to win the bet you place. Apart from the excitement of playing, ABUTOGEL also offers the opportunity to gain financial benefits. With luck and the right strategy, you can win bets and get tempting prizes. What are you waiting for, let’s play on this one, just by visiting the link provided here https://abutogell.easy.co/

    Reply

  20. Teslatoto merupakan situs bandar slot gacor terlengkap yang menyediakan RTP semua game slot yang ada di indonesia. Dengan adanya fitur RTP teslatoto para pemain slot tidak perlu lagi sibuk mencari rekomendasi slot gacor hari ini karena semua sudah ada dan tersedia secara up to date dan real time sehingga pemain dapat menang besar pada saat itu juga. segera bergabung dan login teslatoto untuk mendapat kemenangan terbesar anda sekarang juga.Teslatoto

    Reply

  21. slot demo adalah slot online tempat perjudian yang menarik dan penuh dengan keseruan. Dengan ribuan permainan yang tersedia, pemain dapat menikmati beragam .

    Reply

  22. Fastbet99 adalah situs permainan judi bola online yang melayani pembuatan akun sbobet dengan proses deposit dan withdraw cepat. fastbet99

    Reply

  23. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  24. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  25. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  26. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  27. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  28. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  29. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  30. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  31. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  32. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

  33. MPO0110 merupakan situs online deposit pulsa tanpa potongan telkomsel, xl dan juga axis serta menyediakan permainan online terlengkap di indonesia.mpo0110 login

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *