Capitol Correspondence - 05.18.21

President Biden Revokes Immigrant Insurance Mandate

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We share this update from Politico Pulse to keep our members who support immigrants with disabilities informed of Biden Administration changes to visa requirements instituted by the Trump administration. ANCOR had monitored this issue because of potential implications for immigrants with disabilities or families whose immigrant loved ones have disabilities.

“BIDEN REVOKES TRUMP ORDER ON IMMIGRANTS’ HEALTH COSTSPresident Joe Biden on Friday withdrew a Trump-era proclamation that blocked potential immigrants deemed to be a “financial burden” on the nation’s health care system from coming to the United States, Ben Leonard reported.

The 2019 order required immigrants to prove they would get qualifying health insurance within 30 days of coming to America or have the resources to cover medical costs. Former President Donald Trump’s White House had said the proclamation was aimed at “protecting health care benefits for American citizens,” but Biden argued such restrictions don’t align with U.S. interests.