A recent CNN article explores the difficulties of getting healthcare for a generation of aging immigrants who have no legal immigration status and often have resided in the U.S. for many years. As these individuals suffer from the same health problems that tend to plague other senior citizens, they often are unable to receive any consistent form of health care, since they typically have no insurance coverage. Instead, they receive some medical treatment from time to time at emergency rooms and community health centers. While these individuals are entitled to emergency care, they often are unable to get treatment for chronic medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, even if these conditions led to the medical emergency in the first place. This situation causes the costs of providing primarily emergency care to be passed on to individuals with health insurance coverage or on public programs that pay for emergencies, like Medicaid. A continual failure to treat underlying or chronic health conditions leads only to a higher rate of emergency room visits, which is costly enough to place a strain on the entire health care system. Although community health centers do provide primary medical care for individuals regardless of their immigration status, these centers cannot provide specialized or extensive care that these individuals often need. Currently, researchers estimate that about 10% of the undocumented immigrant population is aged 55 or older. These numbers, unfortunately, will only continue to rise as more immigrants continue to age, which, in turn, will require more medical care. Undocumented immigrants tend to have very few choices when it comes to health insurance. They don’t qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security, despite the fact that they often pay Medicare and Social Security taxes. Likewise, few immigrants can afford the steadily increasing costs of private insurance coverage. We know how difficult it can be to access health care when you have no legal immigration status. We are here to answer your questions about health care and other issues, as well help prevent your deportation or that of your family members to the greatest extent possible. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have handled countless deportation defense claims on behalf of individuals who have been detained and charged with removal. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to be detained and separated from their families. We care about you and your family, and we want to help you remain in the country. Call our office today to set up your legal consultation.