Expanding health care to immigrants will help stem structural inequities, advocates say

April 12, 2021
From The Maine Beacon

For Edier Ramirez, not having access to state health care services isn’t just harmful to his physical health. Like others in a similar position, it also affects his mental health and his overall quality of life.

“They’re [many] people in the state who don’t qualify because of their immigration status, and always it’s really hurtful,” Ramirez said. 

He said many who aren’t eligible for MaineCare — the state’s Medicaid program — worry that if they go to a doctor, they won’t be able to get services or will be left with an exorbitant bill they can’t afford. As a result, people often forgo medical care, he said…

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