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Court Decision on Public Charge Threatens Access to Care


 Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON—Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the administration’s public charge rule to go forward puts health care access for millions of legal U.S. residents at risk and will undermine the stability of essential hospitals by driving up uncompensated care costs.

This decision will accelerate the rule’s chilling effect, causing people legally in this country to forgo medical treatment for fear of putting their immigration status at risk. They will put off care and seek treatment later, only as a last resort and when they’re sicker and more costly to treat. This will increase costs for taxpayers and the entire health care system.

We call on the administration to reverse course on this terrible policy and protect access to vital health care services for all people and communities. We will continue to advocate for a favorable resolution of this case on the merits in the lower courts.

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