Recently, President Trump issued a proclamation to bar immigrant visa applicants who cannot prove that they will have health insurance within 30 days from entering the U.S. According to this proclamation, during the visa applicant’s interview with a consular officer, proof of health insurance coverage or financial capacity to pay for reasonable medical costs will be required.
The policy rationale for this proclamation was to ensure that immigrants entering the U.S. do not burden the U.S. health care system and increase costs or taxes for Americans. The Proclamation assumed that immigrants were unlikely to have health insurance. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation study, 23 percent of legal immigrants were likely to be uninsured.
Acceptable Proof of Health Care
Under this law, immigrants cannot show proof access to Medicaid and Affordable Care Act subsidies. However, health insurance coverage provided by employers or family medical insurance coverage plans, as well as other unsubsidized individual health plans, will qualify. Children of U.S. citizens, permanent residents returning from abroad within one year, minors, refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants who already have a valid visa are not subject to the proclamation.
What Critics are Saying
Critics of the proclamation claim that it is vague and unclear regarding specific standards that need to be implemented. It is uncertain what is meant by reasonable medical expenses, how one can prove acquiring health insurance in the future, or what qualifies as sufficient financial capacity to pay for future medical expenses. Furthermore, critics argue that this ban is discriminatory toward those entering from poorer nations. Additionally, the ban would separate and discourage families from taking advantage of much needed public services, such as Medicaid.
Impact of the Ban
If the ban is implemented, it could affect thousands of qualified immigrants. If the proclamation had not been halted by the temporary restraining order, it would have cut two-thirds of green card-based immigration, according to a Justice Action Center senior litigator. It is important to stay informed of the latest developments in immigration policy. Due to the changing immigration policies and litigation to prevent such policies from taking effect, consulting a competent immigration attorney is necessary to ensure that all hurdles are cleared.
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