Barriers to Healthcare for Citizen Children of Undocumented Parents

Brief Description
National Health Foundation produced an unprecedented study to identify existing barriers to healthcare for citizen children of undocumented individuals. The report was based upon a survey of 392 families composed of at least one undocumented parent and at least one U.S. citizen child living in Los Angeles County. At the study's onset, the assumption was that the main obstacle to seeking healthcare would be the parent's fear of his/her immigration status. Although an important factor, the research reflected that the number one barrier to seeking healthcare was the cost since the parents received a low wage and often worked in private sector jobs that rarely offered health coverage.