Federal court in Seattle enjoins removal of legal immigrants from Wa. state health plan

Federal court in Seattle enjoins removal of legal immigrants from Wa. state health plan

From the Seattle Times, Oct. 26, 2011: "About 11,000 people who were kicked off the state's Basic Health insurance program for the working poor in March because of their immigration status will be allowed to re-enroll after a federal court judge said the state likely had violated their constitutional equal-protection rights.  Nearly 1,600 are immigrants who are in the country legally but have been "lawfully present" for less than five years; the others didn't supply information to the state about their resident status in time to avoid being removed from the program."

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Oct. 26, 2011: "After state officials booted 17,000 people off Basic Health in cost-saving move this year, a federal judge has ordered the state to invite 11,000 of them to rejoin the subsidized health-care program.  In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart said the state had violated constitutional and due-process rights when it kicked thousands of legal immigrants off Basic Health in March."

Here's a link to the order in the case of Unthaksinkun v. Porter, No. 11-CV-00588-ORD, W.D. Wa.