Haitians brought to Miami as children need affordable health insurance access during pandemic, activists say

MIAMI – A group of Miami activists are asking the federal government to give Haitians who moved to South Florida as children access to affordable health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the Family Action Network Movement, a nonprofit formerly known as Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami and Haitian Women of Miami, are filing the motion on behalf of migrants with Deferred Child Arrivals status.

“As an organization committed to the health and safety of all immigrants, we know that access to COVID-19 tests and treatments is absolutely critical for DACA recipients and their children with US citizens,” said Marleine Bastien, the director of the organization, in a statement.

In a letter sent on Wednesday, the organization joined about 280 other people nationwide, asking Secretary Alex Azar of the U.S. Department of Health to extend access to affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act to about 200,000 DACA recipients.

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“It is unacceptable to continue to exclude DACA recipients from access to the tests and treatments they need to protect themselves and their communities,” the organization said on Wednesday.

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