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White House Proclamation on Immigrants Could Limit Home Care Work Force

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2019 11:35 AM

Earlier in October, President Trump issued a proclamation that addressed the handling of immigrant visa applications.  As of November 3, 2019, this new requirement will mandate that immigrant visa applications be rejected if the government determines the immigrant in question will not be able to afford health insurance or cover the cost of their care. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to obtain insurance within one month of their arrival. Alternatively, they would need to demonstrate financial resources to cover “reasonably foreseeable medical costs.” 

The reason for the proclamation is that hospitals, doctors and other health care entities are providing uncompensated care, leading to an additional financial burden to taxpayers.  The proclamation states that in each of the past 10 years uncompensated care has topped $35 billion.

NAHC has submitted comments with concerns that the rule poses the threat of limiting an agency’s ability to provide patient care as much of the workforce of aides and personal care attendants are immigrants. This proclamation poses that same threat.

Source: NAHC Report

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