Illegal immigrants in Washington eligible for Obamacare, Team Biden rules

The Biden administration has approved a waiver that will allow Washington State to extend Obamacare coverage to illegal immigrants.

The so-called “innovation waiver” will go into effect in 2024, allowing some of the state’s 105,000 uninsured illegal immigrants to purchase insurance on Washington Healthplanfinder. It was approved by Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department late last week.

“Health care must be accessible, affordable and delivered equitably to all. We are pleased to approve Washington’s Section 1332 waiver of expanded coverage and access to qualified health plans,” said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator of the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Officials acknowledged the groundbreaking nature of the waiver, which makes federal taxpayers responsible for paying for illegal immigrants’ health care.

Republicans lambasted the idea.

“This waiver is a gross misuse of taxpayers’ money, and Administrator Brooks-LaSure should have rejected it,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s lead Republican.

The state submitted its waiver this spring.

He said the waiver request has broad support from his healthcare industry, saying illegal immigrants deserve care without having to go to the emergency room.

Health and dental plans would now be covered.

“Access to health care not only helps strengthen families, it also improves our overall health care system and our state economy,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat.


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