Low-income immigrant families face significant barriers to accessing health care. Federal law bars undocumented immigrants from public health insurance programs, and even lawful permanent residents are statutorily prohibited from obtaining Medicaid for their first five years of residence in the U.S. Other states such as New York, California, and Illinois have provided expanded access or outright state coverage to lawful permanent residents, but New Jersey has lagged behind in extending benefits to all greencard holders.

NJAIJ believes that healthcare is a right. In our quest for healthcare coverage for all, we support the Cover all Kids campaign, led by the New Jersey For Healthcare Coalition, including NJ Citizen Action and New Jersey Policy Perspective.