In response to a new proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would make it harder for legal immigrants, who are already in the country, to obtain green cards if they’ve been dependent on public benefits, such as food stamps, public housing, or even Medicaid, ACEP Immediate Past President Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, made the following statement: “ACEP joins other professional medical associations in opposing this proposed public charge rule. It is dangerous policy that, if finalized, will have negative effects for all Americans. Out of fear, when people avoid getting medical care—such as treatment for communicable diseases—it can spread and affect anyone. We urge the Trump administration to reject this immediately. … this proposed policy will significantly affect emergency departments nationwide, because, if finalized, many in this country may delay seeking vital emergency care until they are too sick to stay away.” Read the full statement.
ACEP Statement Opposes Proposed Public Charge Policy
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