My brother and his wife with 9 year old child is legally immigrating to this country permanently on October 3rd, 2015. Can they temporarily apply for obamacare or any other affordable options that I can pay for until my brother and sister in law get a job? Is there any obamacare programs available for this situation? I am totally clueless and worried not knowing what to do if they get sick. My husband and I will help them settle here and that alone is going to cost us but at the same time we want to have peace of mind by knowing what to do in case they need to see a doctor or dentist. Pls help! Thank you.
A legal immigrant can buy a private plan or get cost assistance through ObamaCare (if they file taxes), but can't get Medicaid before 5 years in most cases. Thus having no taxable income can be an issue for acquiring healthcare.
If you have legal family members who will file with you then you can share a family plan with them, if they won't file taxes with you then they have to get their own plan. You should always check with HealthCare.Gov to find out your options as the details on what immigration statuses qualify can get a little complex.
Learn more about ObamaCare and immigration.