A plan by Colorado leaders to give subsidized health insurance coverage to the state’s increasing illegal immigrant population has been greenlit by federal agencies under the Joe Biden administration.
Last week, Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department gave the green light to a Colorado application that would provide affordable health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants.
The Colorado Option plan, will provide subsidized health coverage as stated in the state’s application to Biden’s agencies:
The “Colorado Option” will work along with the reinsurance program that is authorized under the state’s existing waiver. The state-based subsidies for the affordability of health insurance will be supported by pass-through savings from the waiver, including those individuals who do not qualify for premium tax credits under the ACA owing to documentation and immigration status, or lack thereof.
“Furthermore, individuals who are not qualified to buy coverage on the exchange because of their immigration status will be able to obtain coverage through Connect for Health Colorado’s Colorado Public Benefit Corporation.”
In the first year, officials in Colorado hope to sign up 10,000 illegal immigrants under the taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program, with enrollment numbers growing each year afterward.
The state may enroll up to about 10,000 unlawful immigrants in the first year of its subsidy program, which is only a portion of the state’s uninsured and unauthorized Hispanics.
After Governor Jared Polis (D) passed legislation this year that extends Medicaid coverage to pregnant illegal immigrants and their children, the state government made the decision to expand eligibility. That initiative will cost taxpayers around $30 million each year, with the federal government covering 90 percent of the costs.
There are now around 300,000 illegal aliens in Colorado.