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Invited Commentary
December 21, 2018

Providing Comprehensive Health Care for Undocumented People in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Hospital Medicine, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(2):183-185. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5847

There are 11.3 million unauthorized, undocumented people living in the United States who cannot access health insurance through Medicaid, Medicare, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges.1 Some of these people obtain coverage via employer-based plans, private insurance, or special state-based programs. The others remain uninsured, relying on options such as out-of-pocket visits, free clinics, or emergency department services covered by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.

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