Brigham Health physicians fight proposed changes to federal immigration policy

About 150 physicians and other employees of Boston-based Brigham Health protested Dec. 4 against a proposed federal policy that would deem immigrants who have used Medicaid within 36 months ineligible for green cards, WBUR reports.

"Access to healthcare is a basic human right that goes back to our founding in 1913," said Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD, according to WBUR. "We started as a hospital to serve the immigrant poor of Boston. That continues to be our mission today, and that will be our mission 100 years from now."

During the protest, Dr. Nabel encouraged attendees to submit opposing arguments to the rule before the public comment period ends Dec. 10. Physicians leading the rally echoed Dr. Nabel's opposition to the policy and call to action.  

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