A migrant farm worker from Mexico picks spinach in northeast Colorado. The mobile clinic in the background travels to farms throughout the region to serve the migrant population, most of whom are immigrants with little other access to basic health care. Read the demographics issue brief »A medical student takes the pulse of a woman inside a healthcare clinic for migrant farm workers in Connecticut. There are an estimated 3.5 million migrant and seasonal farm workers in the United States.Read the health care issue brief »Except for some emergency care, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for most federally-funded health insurance programs. Their access to health care is shaped by several policies and pro­grams at the federal state and local level.Read the policy issue brief »

Undocumented Immigrants and Health Care in the United States

When they get sick, more than 11 million residents of the United States confront two flawed systems: immigration and health care. Through this research project, The Hastings Center is exploring the consequences of excluding undocumented immigrants and migrants from obtaining health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the continuing exclusion of this population from Medicaid coverage and most other entitlement programs.