Panel: Public Policy and the Health of Immigrants in the United States
(Health Policy)

Thursday, November 2, 2017: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Toronto (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  David Slusky, University of Kansas
Panel Chairs:  Daniel S Grossman, Cornell University
Discussants:  Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas, Austin and Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame

Immigrant Legal Status and Health: Evidence from DACA
Osea Giuntella and Jakub Lonsky, University of Pittsburgh

The Effect of Immigrants' SNAP Eligibility on Adult Health
Chloe N. East and Andrew Friedson, University of Colorado, Denver

This session examines the interaction between United States public policy and the health of the immigrants living it in.  Each paper covers a different area: SNAP eligibility and adult health; deferred action for undocumented immigrants, health care utilization, and mental health; and undocumented immigrants and disability eligibility.  The results of these papers will help us answer many questions, including: How is the health of immigrants different from that of native born Americans?  How are undocumented immigrants diferent from documented ones?  How does eligibility for government benefits affect health?  What would the health effects be of legalizing undocumented immigrants?  How would legalization change benefit usage?  Can we use undocumented immigrants as a counterfactual for those with legal status to help estimate fraud and overuse of government benefits?  These answers are crucial as we continue to debate both the size and effectivenss of the welfare state and also what is efficient and fair immigration policy.

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