Lexology May 10, 2024
Phelps Dunbar LLP

The White House announced a final rule on May 3 that allows Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to become eligible for Affordable Care Act coverage for the first time. DACA is a policy that was created in 2012 by the Obama Administration to provide work authorization to thousands of individuals, often referred to as “Dreamers,” who were brought to this country as children before reaching their 16th birthday. DACA is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against a person for a limited period of time. DACA does not confer lawful immigration status on people.

The program has been in jeopardy over the past decade as it faces legal challenges in federal court. On September 13,...

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