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  •  A while back when cuts were being made to (13+ / 0-)

    services for legal immigrants (this was under George W Bush), I remember there was a great deal of concern for elderly Asian immigrants -- seniors who had come over with their younger family members and because of their advanced age had stayed within their own communities speaking their own languages. Since many had not learned English, they had not become citizens and therefore were vulnerable to cuts even though they were legal immigrants.
    I don't know what happened to that issue -- I worked on children's issues and was involved in thinking about the loss of Medicaid and CHIP to immigrant children.
    But I wonder if those cuts happened and if there was some anger in the community at the way these elderly relatives were treated.
    Thanks for the diary. As the mother of a Chinese-American child, I too am often struck by how little political attention is paid to Asian-Americans.

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    by Tamar on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:44:24 PM PST

    •  I believe the cuts happened and then were reversed (0+ / 0-)

      Medicaide and food stamps were the big ones. CHIP has little affect as everyone is legal. The elderly often live quietly amongst their younger english speaking relatives. Even though they are "different" they are respected and they cook traditional food. The food stamps kept them from being a drag on stretched budgets.

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      by ban nock on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 06:14:52 AM PST

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      •  actually, the immigrant exclusion *did* have an (0+ / 0-)

        effect on CHIP and Medicaid -- it led to declines in enrollment for white non-Hispanic and black non-Hispanic children:

        The three states that collected data by racial/ethnic group found that the children losing coverage due to the requirement are overwhelmingly non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks.  Hispanic children have been affected far less.  In Virginia, for example, enrollment has fallen significantly among white and black children since the requirement took effect, while it has climbed among Hispanic children. 
        I remember this from when I was working on the issue in my child advocacy organization -- the unintended consequences of the increasing ID requirements that were intended to root out all the undocumented immigrants who might apply for CHIP (or Medicaid). Turned out they weren't applying anyway (not surprising) and that the documentation requirements on white and black non-Hispanic children meant a lot of them didn't get enrolled. Hispanic citizens are used to having to produce documents to prove their citizenship so it actually affected them less. Ironic that the prejudice against our Latino citizens in this case proved to be of benefit to them...

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        by Tamar on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 09:28:09 AM PST

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        •  I think that changed with the Obama administration (0+ / 0-)

          and it's incentives for states to have a greater percentage of eligible children signed up. The higher percent signed up the higher percent the feds covered. They started advertising at the primary school and changing the ways eligibility rules were implemented.

          I can't imagine Hispanic prejudice as most people working in the CHIP program here are Hispanic as are most seemingly receiving insurance. More an issue of reserving things for legal US residents.

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          by ban nock on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:08:48 AM PST

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          •  I don't doubt it got better under Obama. I was (0+ / 0-)

            referring to the initial effect of the new ID requirements under the Bush administration in maybe 2006 or 2007?
            And the prejudice I was talking about was not what you mention, it was the effect of general prejudice -- that Latinos often have to produce their papers in various situations because of prejudice and stereotyping -- so (as expressed in much of the literature) Latino enrollment didn't go down at that time in CHIP because Latino families are used to having the documents they need while most non-Hispanic white & black families have not had to contend with producing proof of citizenship.

            We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

            by Tamar on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:15:11 AM PST

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    •  thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      thanks for your comment. I appreciate the historical perspective. Lots to think about and follow-up on!

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