On Friday, President Joe Biden reversed a rule from the Trump administration that would have denied visas for applicants who could not prove they could pay for health insurance.
Modern healthcare: Biden Lifting Green Card insurance requirements could increase ACA, analysts say
President Joe Biden on Friday rescinded a Trump-era rule requiring green card applicants to provide proof of health insurance, or evidence they could pay for it, before entering the country, saying that the measure does not advance the interests of the United States has pledged to expand access to affordable, quality health care, “Biden said in a statement.” We can achieve this goal, however, without impeding citizen entry. who want to emigrate legally to this country, but who do not have significant financial means or who do not have health insurance coverage “. (Tepper, 17/5)
Forbes: Biden downs down Trump’s rule that requires immigrants to buy health insurance
The health insurance requirement was part of a wave of Trump-era policies that sought to tighten legal immigration standards. Most notably, Trump intended to reject green card applicants if in the past they have used a wide range of government programs such as Medicaid or public housing or if their income puts them at risk of needing public assistance in the future. . This “public burden rule,” proposed in 2019, was issued as a way to make sure immigrants are self-sufficient, but critics criticized it for excluding low-income productive immigrants. Federal courts overturned the rule last year and Biden chose not to appeal his decision. (Walsh, 14/05)
KHN: The big undo: Which of Trump’s policies will Biden invest?
KHN has developed an interactive tool for meaningful health policies implemented by the Trump administration through its own authority (executive orders, agency guidance, or formal regulations) and monitors the Biden administration and lawsuits. . (Rovner)
In other news from the Biden administration –
CNN: “Havana Syndrome”: US investigates second suspected case of mystery “syndrome” near White House
Two White House officials fell ill mysteriously late last year (including one passing through a property door). The new details revealed that investigators are still struggling to determine who or what is behind these strange incidents. Several sources tell CNN that the episodes affected two National Security Council officials in November 2020, one the day after the presidential election and one several weeks later. The cases coincide with an inexplicable constellation of sensory experiences and physical symptoms that have sickened more than 100 U.S. diplomats, spies and troops around the world and have become known as “Havana Syndrome.” . (Williams, Herb and Bertrand, 5/17)
CNBC: Covid-19: Patent Exemptions and Impact on Global Vaccine Supply Scarcity
The waiver of intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines will not help address the global supply shortage, the co-founder of a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company told CNBC. Jake Becraft, CEO and co-founder of Strand Therapeutics, said the push for patent exemptions is a “political theater” and does not intrinsically allow other people to create safe and effective vaccines, which are already very difficult to develop. (Choudhury, 5/17)
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