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Alert: ACA’s effect on Undocumented Immigrants

12 March 2015 No Comment
By Gary Delgado,  The Alliance for a Just Society
March 12, 2015

Although undocumented people are clearly ineligible for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, many of them are facing penalties for not having healthcare when they file their taxes.

MIRA Organizer Aida Martinez-Bone spoke with immigrant workers across Mississippi and learned that they were being charged penalties for not enrolling in the ACA. “I first heard about it in Laurel, said Martinez-Bone. “A undocumented family showed us their tax forms and pointed to the line where they had been charged $204.00 for not signing up for the ACA. They said they were told that the penalty was $200 if you are undocumented and $300 if you were documented. I thought it was a scam. We all know that undocumented people can’t even apply to get insurance through the ACA.”

There is a lot of confusion and where there is confusion, there is room for undocumented people to be taken advantage of. Really, there needs to be extensive outreach which let people know what the rules are, and if they have been unduly charged a penalty, how to get an amendment to their taxes filed for free.”

And from the National Immigration Law Center:

Please remember: You are NOT required to pay the tax penalty for being uninsured if your immigration status makes you ineligible to buy health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces.

For more information on how to claim exemption from the penalties, check out this piece from the National Immigration Law Center.

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