This Friday, SPAM and Race and Ethnicity are co-hosting a talk by Professor Tiffany Joseph (Stony Brook University), who studies race, ethnicity, migration, and health.
where: Sewell Social Sciences 3470
when: Fri. Oct. 10, 12pm to 1:30pm
talk title: Examining Barriers to Health Care for Immigrants in Boston under “Universal” Coverage
Massachusetts (MA) became the first state to implement comprehensive health reform in 2006. Policymakers lauded the reform a success and used it to craft the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. While the ACA only extends coverage to U.S. citizens and eligible documented immigrants due to 1996 federal reforms that limit the public benefits non-citizens can receive, Massachusetts included coverage provisions for all residents regardless of documentation status. However, preliminary studies of the MA reform indicate that undocumented immigrants are still more likely to remain uninsured.
Using data from qualitative interviews conducted with 70 individuals (30 Brazilian and Dominican immigrants, 20 health care providers, and 20 immigrant/health organization leaders) in Boston, I examine some of the barriers to health coverage and healthcare access that many immigrants face despite their inclusion in the MA reform. Interviews revealed that language, race/ethnicity, documentation status, and lack of familiarity with the U.S. healthcare system prevented immigrants from effectively accessing health care despite having coverage. I also discuss the implications of ACA implementation in the state (and beyond) for the health coverage of immigrants and other underserved populations.
Additionally, there will be a student session for grad students to meet with Tiffany, 10-11am in Sewell 8108 (the Havens Center room).