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No Papers, No Healthcare: California’s Uninsured Undocumented Youth

February 25th, 2014 / Dream Resource Center

The Dream Resource Center, a project of the UCLA Labor Center, sent teams across California to survey more than 550 young undocumented immigrants on their health insurance, their access to healthcare, and what they do when they get sick or injured. The resulting study, ”Undocumented and Uninsured,” found that among undocumented and “DACAmented” Californians (those benefiting from the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program) 69% do not have health insurance, 71% currently need access to a doctor, and 53% haven’t seen a doctor in more than a year. The research was performed by a team of 37 young immigrants who conducted face-to-face interviews of their peers. This participatory methodology allowed those directly excluded from health care access to lead the research process.

Read the report here.