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Coverage for Undocumented Migrants Becomes More Urgent

Ewout van Ginneken, PhD; and Bradford H. Gray, PhD
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From Berlin University of Technology, Berlin, Germany, and The Urban Institute, Washington, DC.

Disclaimer: The views presented here are those of the authors and should not be attributed to The Commonwealth Fund or its directors, officers, or staff.

Grant Support: By The Commonwealth Fund (grant 20110310) to The Urban Institute. Dr. van Ginneken was a recipient of a 2011–12 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-2596.

Requests for Single Reprints: Ewout van Ginneken, PhD, Berlin University of Technology, Straße des 17, Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany; e-mail, ewout.vanginneken@tu-berlin.de.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. van Ginneken: Berlin University of Technology, Straße des 17, Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Gray: The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: E. van Ginneken, B. Gray.

Drafting of the article: E. van Ginneken, B. Gray.

Final approval of the article: E. van Ginneken, B. Gray.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(5_Part_1):347-348. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-5-201303050-00008
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The outcome of the presidential election has put immigration reform back on the national agenda. Once the coverage expansions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act take effect in the states that implement the law's Medicaid provisions, undocumented migrants will be the only large group without coverage. This commentary shares some policy options based on experiences from European countries where provisions to provide access to care for undocumented migrants are in place.

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