• Description

Previous Guttmacher Institute research has described sexual and reproductive health disparities between immigrant women and their US-born counterparts. We present new analyses, based on two nationally representative surveys, that show inequities in health insurance coverage by citizenship status and race or ethnicity, and health care service use by citizenship status. These new findings are consistent with existing evidence indicating a need for policies to eliminate sexual and reproductive health inequities that have long persisted along lines of race and ethnicity, immigration status and income in the United States.

These analyses make it clear that policymakers need to address these inequities. Two bills, the Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Families Act and the Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration (LIFT the BAR) Act, represent opportunities to do just that.

New Analyses on US Immigrant Health Care Access Underscore the Need to Eliminate Discriminatory Policies