Uninsured Rate and Citizenship Status
How does the uninsured rate vary by citizenship status?
And how has the rate changed since 2010?
Nationally, native-born and naturalized foreign-born citizens are much more likely to have health coverage than noncitizens. According to several estimates, roughly half of noncitizens in the United States are unauthorized or "illegal" immigrants. Unauthorized immigrants are typically not eligible for public health coverage and cannot participate in the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. On the other hand, legally-present noncitizens—such as permanent residents, refugees, and asylum seekers—may be eligible for these programs. (The American Community Survey does not break down the noncitizen population into lawful and unauthorized immigrant populations.)