Cuomo: DACA recipients will keep Medicaid coverage

Lloyd Doyle
January 24, 2018

As part of his 2018 Women's Agenda for New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced new actions geared toward empowering girls. "Our 2018 Women's Agenda will continue to raise the bar higher and higher for women in NY, beginning with policies to equalize the playing field for our youngest women".

There are approximately 42,000 DACA recipients in NY, many of whom are at risk of losing their employment-based health insurance if the federal government changes or terminates the program, said Cuomo.

"The federal government's failure to take action to protect DACA recipients is appalling, un-American, unjust and puts hundreds of thousands of children at risk".

Cuomo's announcement comes on the heels of a deal that put an end to the weekend's federal government shutdown. The program is set to expire in March after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: If there's no wall, there's no DACA fix Trump appears to call out Samsung over missing Federal Bureau of Investigation text messages Trump Commerce pick told lawmakers he would look at reversing Obama move on internet oversight: report MORE moved to kill it a year ago.

There are now 42,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as "Dreamers", living in NY.

More information on New York State's resources for immigrants is available here. "As we continue to fight for permanent protection of young immigrant New Yorkers, maintaining access to health insurance is a key step towards achieving equity and justice".


While Medicaid is jointly funded by the state and federal government, the costs associated with covering New York Dreamers would fall entirely on the state, according to the governor's office.

Trump gave Congress six months to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.

The office of state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) did not respond to a request for comment.

"I am upset for the hardworking taxpayers of NY who have to pay for illegal immigrants who broke the law", Long said.

Cuomo's commitment "will not just benefit immigrant youth", said Osman Canales, founder of the Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates, "but the state as a whole by having people who live here be healthier and continue the different treatments they need". He also covers breaking news.

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