FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s decision today to expand Medicaid and Affordable Care Act coverage to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients marks an important step toward ensuring this marginalized group has access to vital health care services.
We applaud the administration’s progress toward greater equity in health and health care, including for immigrants and other underrepresented populations. All people deserve access to affordable health care and the physical, mental, and financial benefits it brings.
Essential hospitals work daily to improve health care access and equity for the people and communities they serve. Today’s actions will further our hospitals’ ability to deliver on this mission.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals dedicated to equitable, high-quality care for all, including those who face social and financial barriers to care. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has advanced policies and programs that promote health, health care access, and equity. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, education, and leadership development. Communities depend on essential hospitals for care across the continuum, health care workforce training, research, public health and health equity, and other services. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead all of health care toward better outcomes and value. Learn more at https://essentialhospitals.org.