Immigration and Health Reform
Is there a connection?

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Plans for immigration reform are moving forward, with both Democrats and Republicans announcing plans for legalization of the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. But will these immigrants become eligible for health reform’s benefits? Should they?


Does immigration reform mean health benefits for immigrants?

Clinic director Fred Bauermeister has watched them pass through his doors for decades: men, women and children without medical coverage and chronic ailments that cry out for ongoing care.


John Gonzales

John Gonzales

Senior writer John Gonzales specializes in the demographics of health policy. He was most recently based in New Orleans as Southern Regional Correspondent for the Associated Press. He covered efforts to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, as well as immigration and the shifting demographics of The South. Gonzales previously was Hispanic Affairs reporter at Newsday -- a beat that took him from New York's emerging Mexican neighborhoods, to the U.S. border region, to rural Mexican towns. His "Texas Smuggling" articles won the National Association of Hispanic Journalists best breaking news award in 2004. He was also awarded The Freedom Forum’s North American Journalist Exchange fellowship in 2001. Gonzales spent the early part of his 15-year journalism career on the staffs of The Daily Breeze and the Gardena Valley News. He is a USC Annenberg graduate, with honors, and a dual major in political science. He is also a Spanish speaker and graduate of the Los Angeles Times Minority Editorial Training Program, or METPro.

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