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Rutgers study: Third of N.J. immigrant children, many adult newcomers lack health insurance
Date:6/29/2011

ge degree and are working full time than U.S.-born adults," said Kristen Lloyd, CSHP research analyst and lead author of the report. "On the other hand, noncitizen adults and children who live with them do have lower family incomes than children in entirely U.S.-born families."

Consistent with other studies of the foreign-born, the report also reveals complexity in measures of health status. Immigrants of all ages, but particularly noncitizen adults, report having fewer chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma, than their American-born counterparts. Yet, one-third of noncitizens in the U.S. for less than five years consider their general health fair or poor, and nearly half (47 percent) of recent noncitizen immigrant adults say their dental health is fair or poor.

Professor Joel Cantor, CSHP director and co-author of the report, observed, "The new national health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, should increase the number of immigrants in New Jersey with health coverage, thereby improving their access to needed health care. But that is not the end of the story. Many immigrants will remain uninsured, and there will be continuing high demands on safety net health centers and hospitals to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care."


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