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What Is the Uninsured Ban?

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on February 09, 2021

In late December, the US Court of Appeals upheld the October 2019 proclamation issued by President Trump that barred entry to the United States for immigrants without approved health insurance policies. Whether the new administration will rescind the proclamation remains unseen. For now, immigrants wishing to obtain long-term lawful status in the country will need to demonstrate that they are covered by an approved health insurance plan.

President Trump’s Ban on the Uninsured

8 U.S.C.1182(f) allows the president of the United States to deny entry to the country of those individuals who could pose a detrimental risk to the interests of the United States. This is the same provision that President Trump utilized to justify his 2017 travel ban. The ban extends to all spouses, adult children, parents, and siblings of those who were previously eligible for visas.

The government justified the ban by arguing that care costs placed upon the healthcare system by uninsured immigrants were excessive and placed an undue burden on American citizens who were left picking up the tab through higher deductibles and premiums.

Bare Bone Coverage Qualifies as Coverage

Individuals are allowed to purchase so-called bare-bones insurance plans. These plans typically offer minimal coverage and high deductibles. In most cases, these plans do not cover preventative treatments and they have strict requirements regarding which doctors individuals can visit for treatment. 

Biden May Take Swift Action

It is likely that President Biden will move swiftly to eliminate the ban through Executive Action. During the campaign, he made immigration reform a central plank in his platform and early indications are that he will follow through on his pledge. 

Potential Changes to the Affordable Care Act

Few politicians are happy with the condition of the ACA. Both sides of the political aisle want to see changes to the law. With a nearly even split in Congress, it’s likely that there will be many compromises made over the coming term. Among these are amendments that would increase access and decrease costs for securing coverage for immigrants and their families.

For now, regardless of cost or income, immigrants wishing to turn their short term visit to the United States into a long-term residency must secure one of the approved healthcare plans accepted by immigration officials reviewing their paperwork. This is something that a Chicago immigration lawyer can help them achieve.

Immigrants without approved insurance can be denied entry into the United States. For more information, contact attorney Ronald Shapiro at 847-564-0712.

In late December, the US Court of Appeals upheld the October 2019 proclamation issued by President Trump that barred entry to the United States for immigrants without approved health insurance policies. Whether the new administration will rescind the proclamation remains unseen. For now, immigrants wishing to obtain long-term lawful status in the country will need to demonstrate that they are covered by an approved health insurance plan.

President Trump’s Ban on the Uninsured

8 U.S.C.1182(f) allows the president of the United States to deny entry to the country of those individuals who could pose a detrimental risk to the interests of the United States. This is the same provision that President Trump utilized to justify his 2017 travel ban. The ban extends to all spouses, adult children, parents, and siblings of those who were previously eligible for visas.

The government justified the ban by arguing that care costs placed upon the healthcare system by uninsured immigrants were excessive and placed an undue burden on American citizens who were left picking up the tab through higher deductibles and premiums.

Bare Bone Coverage Qualifies as Coverage

Individuals are allowed to purchase so-called bare-bones insurance plans. These plans typically offer minimal coverage and high deductibles. In most cases, these plans do not cover preventative treatments and they have strict requirements regarding which doctors individuals can visit for treatment. 

Biden May Take Swift Action

It is likely that President Biden will move swiftly to eliminate the ban through Executive Action. During the campaign, he made immigration reform a central plank in his platform and early indications are that he will follow through on his pledge. 

Potential Changes to the Affordable Care Act

Few politicians are happy with the condition of the ACA. Both sides of the political aisle want to see changes to the law. With a nearly even split in Congress, it’s likely that there will be many compromises made over the coming term. Among these are amendments that would increase access and decrease costs for securing coverage for immigrants and their families.

For now, regardless of cost or income, immigrants wishing to turn their short term visit to the United States into a long-term residency must secure one of the approved healthcare plans accepted by immigration officials reviewing their paperwork. This is something that a Chicago immigration lawyer can help them achieve.