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Lawmakers fail to pass bill designed to provide more health coverage to undocumented migrants

In recent legislative sessions, a number of New York State lawmakers have been advocating for a bill designed to broaden health coverage for undocumented residents. Although the bill passed in the Senate this session, it did not secure the necessary support in the Assembly.


The proposed legislation seeks to leverage a provision in the federal Affordable Care Act, known as section 1332, to devise coverage options for undocumented residents. Advocates argue that such an expansion could potentially save lives within New York’s diverse communities.

The future of the bill rests on its passage in the next legislative session, the governor’s approval, and subsequent federal authorization. The provisions of the law would require federal approval in order to be implemented.