Immigrant Health Toolkit

What is the Immigrant Health Toolkit?

The Immigrant Health Toolkit compiles useful information to guide community members, providers and advocates in dealing with a wide range of questions and issues that could become a barrier for immigrants accessing coverage and care. This is a project of the Immigrant Health Access Coalition (IHAC), and it is possible thanks to the efforts of Health Care For All (HCFA), Health Law Advocates (HLA), the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition. These organizations also lead the Massachusetts Chapter of the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign.

Public Charge Rule

The Public Charge rule approved in 2019 is no longer in effect. The Administration is reverting to the 1999 guidance on Public Charge. It is safe for immigrants and their families to access health, nutrition, and housing programs for which they are eligible.

Immigration service providers’ referral sheets

These resource sheets are regional lists of clinics and providers who offer resources and immigration-related services.

Greater Boston

Metro West /

Central Massachusetts

North Shore/

Northeastern Massachusetts

Southeastern Massachusetts +

Cape & Islands

Western Massachusetts

Immigrant eligibility for health insurance in MA

This handout details what benefits immigrants may be able to access by immigration status.

Insurance Eligibility by Immigration Status Diagram

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What is ‘PRUCOL’

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English

Consumer Version

Spanish

Consumer Version

Portuguese

Consumer Version

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Provider Version
The expanded provider version includes additional tips for applying:

How to apply for health insurance in MA

This handout contains information on how to apply for health insurance and where to seek further support:

Know your health care rights

This handout explains some of the basics that come along with applying for health care in Massachusetts as an immigrant.

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Illustrated Handout

Spanish

Illustrated Handout

Portuguese

Illustrated Handout

Issues surrounding sensitive locations.

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Immigration Enforcement & patients & providers’ rights

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Protecting Patients

What is a sensitive location?

Immigration enforcement agencies generally avoid enforcement action at “sensitive locations”. This document provides information about legal issues surrounding sensitive locations.