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Health coverage for immigrants

Did you recently come to the United States and now need health coverage? Most individuals and families who have immigrated to the U.S. are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace, including:

  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. nationals
  • Lawfully present immigrants

People who have immigrated to the U.S. under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) rule and undocumented immigrants are not eligible to buy Marketplace health coverage or for additional savings, but can apply for coverage on behalf of eligible people.

According to our federal partners, “the term 'lawfully present' includes immigrants who have:

  • 'Qualified non-citizen' immigration status without a waiting period
  • Humanitarian statuses or circumstances (including Temporary Protected Status, Special Juvenile Status, asylum applicants, Convention Against Torture, victims of trafficking)
  • Valid non-immigrant visas
  • Legal status conferred by other laws (temporary resident status, LIFE Act, Family Unity individuals) See a full list of immigration statuses eligible for Marketplace coverage."

Financial help is available to people who enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace. Savings are available on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs on a sliding scale. The lower your income, the more savings you will see.

Many people in Oregon qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program. However, some people who have immigrated to the United States have a five-year waiting period, also known as the five-year bar, before they qualify for full Oregon Health Plan benefits. If you are in that five-year period, you can enroll in coverage through the Marketplace and get significant financial savings.

The best way to see what programs and plans you may be able to get and how much you can save is to visit