The Problem

Immigrant families face obstacles to good healthcare at every turn. Attacks on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid threaten to leave millions of people uninsured, and immigrants must navigate complex healthcare systems in an unfamiliar language, with the risk of disastrous consequences. Without paid sick days, parents are forced to choose between staying home with a sick child or putting food on the table. Make the Road New York fights for good, affordable healthcare access to build safe, healthy communities.

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The Solution

Expanding coverage for immigrants, transforming health systems

Make the Road New York defends the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid from threats to dismantle it, mobilizing thousands into the streets with our allies at crucial moments. We document the impact of Obamacare on immigrant communities in New York, and share this information with policymakers. We serve on statewide coalition steering committees to implement the Affordable Care Act and improve access to Coverage at the state level. We also co-lead the coverage for all campaign to expand coverage to immigrants regardless of immigration status.

Our goal is to build a healthcare system that works for everyone–regardless of income, medical history or immigration status. Thanks to our work, the state requires hospitals and major pharmacies to offer translation and interpretation services and New York City employers must provide paid sick days. MRNY and our allies successfully advocated to ensure that Medicaid was expanded to include critical medical care for trans and gender non-conforming individuals in New York State. As a result of our advocacy efforts, undocumented immigrants can pre-qualify for emergency Medicaid, ensuring people have access to life-saving healthcare regardless of immigration status.

11,000
people have health insurance
because MRNY enrolled them under the Affordable Care Act
Fast Facts
  • Our member-led organizing secured the right to translation and interpretation services at all NYC public benefits offices; major public and private hospitals statewide; major chain pharmacies statewide; and City, State, and Long Island county government agencies.
  • Thanks to advocacy from MRNY and our allies, Medicaid was expanded to include critical medical care for trans and gender non-conforming individuals in New York State.
  • Undocumented immigrants can pre-qualify for emergency Medicaid, ensuring people have access to life-saving healthcare regardless of immigration status, as a result of our advocacy efforts.
  • Due to our advocacy and organizing efforts, individuals who lose their DACA status due to federal changes can continue to be eligible for state funded Medicaid.
Meet Maria

MARIA RUBIO TORRES DE CHAVARRIA

Maria Rubio Torres de Chavarria survived persecution in her home country, and later, cancer. Maria works as a housekeeper, and the exams and medication she needs to stay in remission are very expensive. MRNY helped Maria enroll in Medicaid to help cover the costs. Without health insurance, Maria says, she may not be alive today. Now, Maria is a leader in defending the Affordable Care Act from numerous efforts to repeal it, helping to create videos and other press materials to highlight the importance of the ACA for our communities.

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