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Lawmakers debate healthcare for asylum seekers in New York

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The federal government has approved New York to provide health care coverage to migrants with asylum seeker status and undocumented residents, marking a significant step towards inclusion.

However, the legislation to actualize this must pass in the next few days before the current legislative session in Albany ends.


Amid an influx of migrants, Governor Kathy Hochul is still seeking federal approval for expedited work permissions for asylum seekers, aiming to bolster the state’s efforts in supporting these individuals.

The proposed health care expansion could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers currently without coverage.

Following federal approval, New York state now has the green light to offer the Essential Plan that could extend to asylum seekers.