Judge blocks Trump rule requiring prospective immigrants have health insurance

Federal judge blocks Trump's health insurance rule for immigrants seeking visas

Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Requirement For Immigrants

"We're very grateful that the court recognized the need to block the health care ban immediately".

The rule applied to individuals applying for immigrant visa from overseas - those applying from within the USA were exempt.

A federal judge in OR issued a temporary restraining order on Saturday that prevents a Trump administration rule from going into effect that would've barred visa-seekers who can't pay for their own health care within 30 days of entering the United States. The plaintiffs claim requiring immigrants to buy health insurance or prove they can pay for medical treatment would disqualify almost two-thirds of all potential and legal immigrants.

Judge Michael Simon, an Obama appointee to the federal bench, said Mr. Trump's October 4 directive likely exceeds the boundaries of immigration law. The Saturday ruling was the latest in a string of court decisions to derail President Donald Trump's initiatives aimed at limiting the admission of certain legal immigrants into the United States.

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The Trump proclamation acknowledged it aims to stop healthcare providers and taxpayers from bearing "gargantuan costs in paying for clinical costs incurred by of us that lack effectively being insurance or the capability to pay for his or her healthcare".

It does not affect lawful permanent residents, nor does it apply to asylum-seekers, refugees or children.

"It is wrong and unfair for a single district court judge to thwart the policies that the President determined would best protect the United States health care system", press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

The policy is part of Mr Trump's effort to shift the United States away from a family-focused immigration system.

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Under the government's visa rule, the required insurance can be bought individually or provided by an employer and it can be short-term coverage or catastrophic. According to an estimate by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, the new requirements could bar up to 375,000 prospective legal immigrants from moving to the US each year.

Research from George Washington University found that recent immigrants without insurance made up less than a tenth of 1 per cent of U.S. medical fees in 2017.

Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2010, the rate of uninsured immigrants dropped from 32% to 20% between the years 2013 and 2017 according to the institute.

"Countless thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today because the court recognized the urgent and irreparable harm that would have been inflicted in the absence of a TRO", Jesse Bless, director of federal litigation at AILA, said.

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