DACA Covered California Eligibility

For years, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) individuals could not receive discounts through Covered California. The latest health insurance news ensures that those eligible for DACA will be able to do so as of November 1st, 2024.

Learn more about this update and how to enroll with the Health for California team today.

Who Is DACA Eligible?

DACA is a policy that is a lifeline for many undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Specifically, this policy helps eligible individuals avoid deportation and receive a Social Security number, work permit and driver’s license to live and work legally in the States. DACA approvals are valid for two years at a time, with renewals for ongoing security and employment possibilities.

It is important to note that DACA differs from the traditional green card and its permanent citizenship. Instead, DACA acts as a temporary reprieve for several benefits, including status protection, valid IDs, education access, work authorization and health care enrollment.

To be eligible for DACA, an applicant must be younger than 31 years old on June 15, 2012, meaning your birthdate should be on or later than June 16, 1981. Additional requirements include:

  • Unlawfully entering the United States before an applicant’s 16th birthday
  • Living only in the United States since June 15, 2007
  • Having no lawful status on June 15, 2012
  • Completing high school or General Educational Development (GED), currently enrolling in school or having been honorably discharged from the armed forces
  • No convictions of a felony, serious misdemeanor or three or more other misdemeanors
  • Posing no threat to national security or public safety

What Is the Status of DACA?

Currently, the DACA program remains unchanged from its original status, including matters of work permits, Social Security numbers and protection against deportation. However, DACA is subject to change based on relevant court orders or changes in federal government policy. Any modifications or other informative updates will be disclosed through the National Immigration Law Center.

Enroll in Covered California With Health for California

The most recent news on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) says that, starting November 1st, 2024, DACA individuals may qualify for discounts with Covered California health insurance, making it more affordable. At Health for California, our team can help you enroll for this coverage through DACA.

Covered California offers several health insurance plans with various carriers across California. Some of the most notable include Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California and Aetna CVS Health. Covered California plans come in four metal tiers — Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum — each repackaged to fit within the ACA. Our team can help you enroll with a plan that meets your individual needs and is applicable with the Covered California DACA discount, including dental or vision coverage.


Contact Our Team to Enroll Today

Before you commit, Health for California can provide you with a free quote for your chosen health insurance plan. Reach out to our team today for more information. We look forward to helping you find coverage through Covered California.

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