✦ On Jan. 27, the Supreme Court lifted an injunction blocking implementation of a Dept. of Homeland Security rule that makes obtaining a green card or entering the United States more difficult for legal immigrants who would otherwise qualify for federal benefits, including Medicare and Medicaid. A September 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) report on the then-pending rule predicted that, if implemented, it could cause 2 million to 4.7 million people to disenroll from programs like CHIP and Medicaid “due to fear and confusion about the changes.” According to the report, “decreased participation in Medicaid would increase the uninsured rate among immigrant families, reducing access to care and contributing to worse health outcomes.”
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