Wendy E. Parmet, J.D. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2013; 369:596-598August 15, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1306637
Over 12 million immigrants are lawfully present in the United States, yet face similar barriers as undocumented immigrants face. Legal immigrants can be legal permanent residents (green card holders), refugees, asylum seekers, and others. This article examines the reasons why legal immigrants have such low rates of health insurance, including the sectors they work in as well as linguistic and cultural barriers.