Looks like I'm not the only one wondering what's up with the DACA/ACA exchange rule after all...
Back in April, the Associated Press reported that the Biden Administration planned on opening up eligibility for ACA exchange, Basic Health Program, Medicaid & CHIP coverage to hundreds of thousands of Americans who have Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals status:
President Joe Biden is set to announce that his administration is expanding eligibility for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the matter.
The action will allow participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, to access government-funded health insurance programs. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before the formal announcement on Thursday.
I concluded by noting that "the only remaining question appears to be whether Nov. 1st is the best time to make it official."
Well, November 1st, 2023 has come and gone...and unless I missed a press release, the proposed rule still hasn't been finalized, and DACA recipients still aren't considered to be "lawfully present" for purposes of enrollment in ACA exchange plans, BHP plans, Medicaid or CHIP. If anyone can confirm or correct me on this I'd be happy to post an update.
UPDATE (of sorts): I've received confirmation from a trusted source who wishes to remain anonymous that unfortunately the odds are against the DACA enrollment rule being finalized/implemented before the end of the 2024 Open Enrollment Period.
Cut to a few hours ago:
Dreamers deserve full certainty they can build a life in the only country they've ever known—and that includes having access to healthcare.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 15, 2023