The undocumented elderly: Coverage gaps and low health care use

Aparna Balakrishnan*, Neil Jordan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Near- elderly and elderly undocumented immigrants constitute a growing subpopulation in the U.S. with potentially high rates of preventable chronic conditions, but limited access to insurance coverage and low use of care. Associated impacts on health outcomes, safety- net resources, and health care costs are potentially significant. More research is needed to better understand the prevalence of avoidable conditions and the barriers to seeking care among the undocumented elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-898
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2019


  • Aged
  • Chronic disease
  • Health care costs
  • Health services accessibility
  • Health services use
  • Insurance coverage
  • Medicaid
  • Medically uninsured
  • Medicare
  • Safety- net providers
  • Uncompensated care
  • Undocumented immigrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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