SCHA-MI presents a webinar to delve into immigration status and eligibility for Medicaid. We will present common barriers and fears immigrant families face, and how to encourage families with mixed immigration status to apply for benefits without fear of reprisal when becoming a citizen. The presentation will be broken down into 3 sections, with plenty of time to ask questions after each section.
Our presenters for this webinar are:
Angel Padilla, Health Policy Analyst, works closely with other health project staff to develop and implement National Immigration Law Center’s federal immigrant health policy agenda. Prior to joining NILC in February 2014, he was an immigration policy consultant at National Council of La Raza. Before that, he was a legislative assistant for Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), advising on issues related to health care and the Affordable Care Act, among others. Mr. Padilla also has interned with the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Sonya Schwartz, a research fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF), works improve access to health coverage for low-income children and families and also leads CCF’s work on coverage for immigrant families. Before joining CCF, Sonya was a program director at the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she led State Refor(u)m, an online network for health reform implementation. Sonya has worked on a broad range of health reform, and state health policy issues, including implementation of health reform, health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, coverage expansions through Medicaid and CHIP, and commercial insurance reforms. Sonya holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law Program in public interest law and policy, and a BA in political science and Italian from Middlebury College.