Courts block federal rule that could discourage immigrants' use of Medicaid

Three judges have blocked the Trump administration's public charge rule, which could deny permanent residency to immigrants who use public benefits such as Medicaid, according to The New York Times. 

In three separate rulings Oct. 11, judges in New York, California and Washington State, issued temporary injunctions temporarily blocking the rule from taking effect Oct. 15 

The public charge rule, finalized in August, vastly expanded what is considered a "public charge," applying to anyone who may need temporary government help, such as food stamps, Medicaid or housing aid. Previously, it only applied to immigrants who would be primarily dependent on the government.

Medical community opponents of the rule said it could discourage the use of Medicaid and force immigrants to choose between obtaining green cards and getting healthcare. 

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