Immigrants are 3 times more likely to be uninsured than U.S.-born citizens, and continue to face challenges in obtaining health insurance (Kaiser Family Foundation). Immigrants face additional obstacles to adequate access to healthcare, including language barriers, transportation issues, lack of education about the US Healthcare system, and fear of immigration authorities. As a result, conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension often go untreated, resulting in worse outcomes and higher ED use (Commonwealth Fund). At Union Square Family Health, health professions students and primary care teams created shared medical visits for immigrant families who do not have insurance or a primary care provider. Certified application counselors are present to help uninsured patients acquire affordable insurance. Referrals are managed via collaboration with community leaders. This crafted introduction to the US healthcare system provides a positive entry to permanent primary care.
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