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Comparing Immigration Status and Health Patterns Between Latinos and Asians: Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (PLoS One)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2015); 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2016); Access to Health Care; Barriers to/Disparities in Health Care; Uninsured; Immigrant; Hispanic/Latino; Asian; Health Insurance Coverage and Programs

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CHIS Journal Article

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Summary: Undocumented status is widely recognized as an important social determinant of health. While undocumented immigrants have lower levels of health care access, they do not have consistently poorer physical health than the U.S.-born or other immigrant groups. Furthermore, heterogeneity by race/ethnicity has been largely ignored in this growing literature. This paper used the 2001, 2004, 2008 panels of the restricted Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), one of the only representative surveys equipped to adequately identify Asian undocumented immigrants, to compare health patterns between Asians and Latinos by immigration status. Authors examined three general measures of health/health access: self-rated health, disability, and current health insurance.

Findings: Latino undocumented immigrants displayed some advantages in self-rated health and disability but had lower insurance coverage compared to U.S.-born Latinos. In contrast, Asian undocumented immigrants did not differ from U.S.-born Asians in any of the three outcomes. While undocumented status has been proposed as a fundamental cause of disease, authors found no evidence that Latino and Asian undocumented immigrants consistently fare worse in health access or physical health outcomes than immigrants in other status categories. Different racial groups also appeared to have unique patterns between immigration status and health outcomes from one another.

Authors refer to a study using 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data.


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Journal Article: Comparing Immigration Status and Health Patterns Between Latinos and Asians: Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation

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Related Fact Sheet: Health, and Access to Care of Immigrant Children in California: Identifying Barriers to Staying Healthy

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California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

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