White House Proposal Has Legal Immigrants Forgoing Health Care Out of Fear

The Washington Post reports that the White House “is seriously considering a new policy that would penalize legal immigrants seeking permanent status for accepting health-care services paid for by the government.”

“The rule, which is expected to be officially announced soon per NBC News, would change the definition of when a legal immigrant is considered a ‘public charge’ to the government, and impact the decision over whether they qualify for permanent resident status.”

“The mere suggestion of the expanded policy has already had a ‘real chilling effect’ on immigrants using health-care services… Doctors have ‘witnessed examples on the ground of people not wanting to access their local providers because they’re afraid if they take their kids for a checkup it will be communicated to the federal government.'”

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