The Affordable Care Act Of The United States

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The Affordable Care Act is designed to increase access to inexpensive health care coverage, but the law omits one group of people from advancing: the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants presently existing in the United States. The high costs of health care and the loss of health insurance coverage are two significant long-term challenges that provoke many Americans. These problems are particularly severe for migrants in the United States, who have predominantly low rates of health insurance coverage and poor access to health care services. Once settled in the country, many migrants face a lifetime of change and acculturation. Immigrants not only have to adapt to a new culture, language, and social and economic systems that may be very diverse from their countries of origin, they also have to overcome many prior complications. Some immigrants and refugees arrive with infectious diseases; others with untreated chronic diseases such as vitamin deficiencies, diabetes and or hypertension. The health status of many immigrants in the United States varies upon lifestyle choices and the availability of resources that can be used to receive the appropriate care for these conditions. African and Latin immigrants represent the largest and fastest group of immigrants in the United States. The largest geographic areas of concentration are Washington D.C., New York City, Texas, California and Atlanta. Most public health reports involving theses immigrants have focused on infectious
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