In a ruling published on May 3 by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Qualified Health Plans (QHP), the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (ACA) and Basic Health Programs (BHP) will become available to DACA recipients. DACA recipients fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and refer primarily to those who were brought into the United States as children and have grown up here – going to school, working, paying taxes. They are often referred to as Dreamers.
The enrollment period begins November 1, 2024 and runs for 60 days coinciding with the already existing open enrollment period. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Dreamers currently have no health insurance and promoters feel that having, and using, coverage will encourage the use of preventative and routine care thus reducing the risk of more serious issues and higher healthcare costs in the future.
There are guidelines for qualifying and more information on the final rule can be found at: