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Statement on Court Decision to Enjoin Public Charge Rule


Please attribute statement to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON—We emphatically applaud the U.S. District Court’s decision today to halt enforcement of the administration’s damaging expansion of the public charge definition.

The public charge rule puts the health of millions of people at risk by making it more likely they forgo care to avoid putting their legal immigration status at risk. It also threatens to destabilize hospitals for the vulnerable by adding new uncompensated care costs to already thin margins.

We thank the court for its ruling and reaffirm our call for a reversal of this shortsighted policy, which deepens the chilling effect on access to health care and other vital services legal immigrants need for themselves and their families.

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