Don't be scared! You may have heard many things about your rights to receive health care.
You should still go to your health care and social services appointments (DPSS and AIDS service agencies) and take your children to their appointments. Continue to receive medical treatment ordered by your doctor or clinic and to receive and/or apply for Medi-Cal (including restricted Medi-Cal for pregnancy-related and emergency services) and other benefits that you need and are eligible to receive.
YOUR HEALTH CARE APPOINTMENTS ARE IMPORTANT!
If anyone asks you or your children for immigration papers, you may be a victim of discrimination: call (213) 353-1341 and report this to C.H.I.R.L.A. Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles).
If you speak an Asian language, call the Asian Pacific American Legal Center at (213) 748-2022.
For legal questions, call Legal Aid office in your area:
Maternal & Child Health Advocacy Project, Children's Advocacy Institute
Los Angeles AIDS Service agencies will continue to provide services to all PWA's regardless of national origin or immigration status. Being Alive's and Women Alive's official position is:
Please be careful: call your clinic before your appointments, ask the staff if INS is lurking about. In most cases, you do not have to be fearful of the staff at clinics, they will help you.
This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.