America to deny entry to immigrants who cannot afford healthcare

President Trump

President Trump

The White House late Friday issued a proclamation saying it would deny visas to immigrants who "will financially burden" the USA health-care system starting November 3, demanding that foreign nationals prove that they have insurance or are affluent enough to cover their own health-care costs before entering the United States.

It requested that those seeking USA immigrant visas "be covered by approved health insurance" within 30 days of entry into the country, or possess "the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs". It does not affect lawful permanent residents. It does not apply to those seeking asylum seekers, refugees or children.

President Trump on Friday announced that his administration will nominate Poland for the State Department's Visa Waiver Program - which means Americans and Polish citizens could travel to one another's countries with only their passports and not a visa as well. That could have an impact on families who are trying to bring their parents to the US.

"While our healthcare system grapples with the challenges caused by uncompensated care, the United States Government is making the problem worse by admitting thousands of aliens who have not demonstrated any ability to pay for their healthcare costs", Mr Trump mentioned within the proclamation.

The White House said Friday Trump has signed preliminary authorization for Warsaw's admittance and will soon finalize the agreement.

Earlier in the summer, the administration rolled out the final version of a "public charge" regulation, which would make it easier for the government to deny green cards and temporary visas for legal immigrants who use public benefits like food stamps and government-subsidized housing.

Doug Rand, an Obama White House immigration official, said some 23,000 Indians are likely to be impacted by the rule (not necessarily denied, but affected).

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The required insurance can be purchased individually or provided by an employer, and it can be short-term coverage or catastrophic. Medicaid or Affordable Care Act subsidies do not qualify as "approved health insurance" under the proclamation.

"The administration is on-the-record wanting to cut legal immigration, and particularly wanting to cut legal immigration of lower-skilled, lower-paid immigrants who are probably less likely to have health insurance coverage", said Randy Capps, director of USA programs research at the nonpartisan think tank the Migration Policy Institute.

'Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our healthcare system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs'.

Trump said uninsured individuals are a burden on the health care industry and US taxpayers. "These policies are not stifling illegal immigration". "It will be chaotic to implement and guaranteed to separate USA citizens from their legal immigrant spouses and other close relatives".

There are about 1.1 million people who obtain green cards each year.

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