Impact of Alabama's immigration law on access to health care among latina immigrants and children: Implications for national reform

Kari White, Valerie A. Yeager, Nir Menachemi, Isabel C. Scarinci

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Abstract

We conducted in-depth interviews in May to July 2012 to evaluate the effect of Alabama's 2011 omnibus immigration law on Latina immigrants and their US- and foreign-born children's access to and use of health services. The predominant effect of the law on access was a reduction in service availability. Affordability and acceptability of care were adversely affected because of economic insecurity and women's increased sense of discrimination. Nonpregnant women and foreign-born children experienced the greatest barriers, but pregnant women andmothers ofUS-born children also had concerns about accessing care. The implications of restricting access to health services and the potential impact this has on public health should be considered in local and national immigration reform discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-405
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume104
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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