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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

DACA recipients soon to have access to health coverage

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Thursday, May 23, 2024   

The Biden administration has finalized a rule that will expand health care coverage to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, who will now fall into the "lawfully present" category.

In Wyoming, the tourist economy in Jackson Hole attracts immigrants looking for work.

It's hard to pin down how many of those people are in the DACA program, but some estimates say immigrants make up a quarter of the regional population - according to Alin Yuriko Badillo Carrillo, director of immigrant leadership with Voices Jackson Hole, an organization that amplifies immigrant voices.

She said immigrants work many jobs vital to tourist hotspots.

"Service industry and housekeeping, restaurant services, construction," said Badillo Carrillo, "a lot of the heavy lifting to ensure our community keeps on running."

More than a half-million DACA recipients are currently in the United States, according to Immigration Services, and they are three times more likely to be uninsured than the general population.

The DACA program, started in 2012, gives protections to certain undocumented immigrants arriving to the U.S. as children.

But before now, those protections haven't included access to health coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace or the Basic Health Program.

Badillo Carrillo herself is a DACA recipient, and said the benefits of health coverage are far-reaching.

"Not just for me, but I think it's a communal benefit," said Badillo Carrillo. "If I have access to preventive care and access to medical care, then I'll be able to be healthier, and to help others also."

The rule goes into effect November 1, at the same time the enrollment period begins.




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