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Public Charge Rule Could Have Chilling Effect on Access to Care

August 12, 2019 | Chip Kahn

Category: Insurance, Medicaid

Federation of American Hospitals President and CEO Chip Kahn issued the following statement in response to the release of the final public charge regulation:

"Hospitals are concerned that today’s decision will put the health of millions at risk by creating a chilling effect on enrollment for vital health safety net programs. Many eligible people won’t sign up for health insurance coverage, like Medicaid, over fears it could hurt their or their loved ones’ immigration status.

"We hope the administration will reconsider these damaging changes to the public charge regulation."


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