Immigrant visas contingent on health insurance under new Trump rule

The Trump administration issued a presidential proclamation Oct. 4 to deny visas to immigrants if they do not obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the country or have the financial resources to pay for medical care out-of-pocket. 

Accepted forms of health insurance will include employer-sponsored coverage, individual plans bought from the ACA exchanges without subsidies, short-term limited duration or catastrophic plans, a family member's plan, TRICARE or Medicare. The new rule comes after the administration issued a "public charge rule," which would allow the federal government to deny green cards to immigrants who have used public benefits, including Medicaid. 

Although immigrants are eligible for ACA subsidies based on income, if they buy subsidized health plans, they would be denied visas under this rule, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the proclamation. It does not apply to children of U.S. citizens or immigrants who have been granted asylum or refugee status, according to WSJ

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