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Some Options for Migrant Workers to Access Health Services in the US

Our world is in the midst of a global health crisis. And in these times, the health and safety of migrant workers is a priority. The migrant population constitutes a significant part of the workforce, and as working people, they deserve the same right to have a safe and healthy workplace.

 

Unfortunately, migrant workers under temporary visa programs do not qualify for public benefits, such as medical care. However, there are some service alternatives that you can access if you need medical care while in the United States. Here are some options:

 

  • Migrant Health Centers

 

Certain communities already have health programs that especially help migrant workers. These centers have specialized knowledge to serve temporary worker communities and know their health care needs. Here you will find a directory detailing the different migrant health centers by state in the USA.

 

  • Community Health Centers

These centers provide health services to their local communities, including agricultural workers, through mobile clinics, through free appointments or "pay what you can" programs; services are always bilingual.

 

  • Forgiveness of the Hospital Bill

 

If you face a health emergency, it is important to seek medical services immediately. Hospitals and doctors have a duty to care for those who need medical services, regardless of the person's immigration status. Hospitals often have social workers on staff who can help you achieve eligibility for different medical benefits. These social workers can often provide options for medical bill forgiveness or help patients with payment plans.

 

Health is a fundamental human right, therefore, everyone should have access to the services they need, when and where they need it, regardless of their immigration status. In these times of global pandemic, it is very important that all people act responsibly and follow sanitary measures to avoid increasing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.