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Illegal Immigrants - Health Governing

Identify a current health controversy that is being addressed by the governing body of North Carolina (i.e., health insurance for illegal immigrants). Consider the perspectives of both the opponents and supporters of this issue, state the reasons for their positions, and provide your own personal opinion as to how the overall health of the community would be best served. From a health education and promotion perspective, what strategies could you use to promote the benefits of your point of view?

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Undocumented immigrants are less likely to have health insurance. Illegal immigrant are limited to their access to the publicly funded health programs since the passage of welfare reform in 1996. This is reflected in less preventive health care, including prenatal care, and poorer health outcomes, including those with childbirth. North Carolina as well as most of the US has more than 30 million people who are immigrants. Over the past 30 years, the proportion of immigrants in the US without documentation has increased almost 10 fold and the majority of undocumented immigrants come from Mexico and almost one third are elsewhere in Latin America. Most undocumented immigrants live in poverty and have low rates of health insurance coverage. The prenatal care coverages may be an exception and the recent study examined prenatal coverage among undocumented Hispanic women who gave birth ...

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Undocumented immigrants are less likely to have health insurance. This is reflected in less preventive health care, including prenatal care, and poorer health outcomes, including those with childbirth. 512 words with a reference included.

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