Nonprofit health system encourages immigrant patients to continue care

By Megan Tackett


That is, the new rule does not penalize anyone currently using public benefits. Further, the new rule only applies to an individual using public programs for that individual’s benefit — it would not apply to a child, for instance, explained Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of income and work supports of the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, D.C.

“It’s primarily family based immigration that will be affected by it. If your child is a citizen, and that child receives benefits, that doesn’t count against you. Children and pregnant women’s receipt of Medicaid don’t count,” she said. “But this totality of circumstances really will make it much harder … for immigrants in the hospitality and tourism industry to get green cards.”


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