With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more people are eligible for health insurance including those who previously had a difficult time finding insurance. One such group of people was elderly permanent residents under 65 years old and who had preexisting conditions. Now it is possible for those folks to obtain coverage. I am going to give some questions and answers relating to permanent residents who immigrate as the parents of U.S. Citizens.
Q: Is a permanent resident eligible for to purchase health insurance in the California exchange (known as Covered California)?
A. Yes, in order to purchase insurance in the exchange, you must be a be a U.S. citizen or be “lawfully present” in the United States. Permanent residents are considered “lawfully present” in the United States. You will have to submit documentation to prove that you have permanent residence status. Applicants for adjustment of status are also considered lawfully present and the document you would submit would be a copy of an employment authorization card. (It might be better though to wait until permanent residence is granted as it is easier to prove permanent residency with the green card.)