National Partnership Opposes Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage Policy

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President National Partnership for Women & Families

The Administration’s move to deny entry or residency to those without proof of health insurance is the latest assault on the health and well-being of women and families in a relentless campaign. That includes the callous separation of children from their parents at the border, the deaths of migrant children while in U.S. custody, placing pregnant women in detainment, the inhumane conditions for those in detention, and the threat to deport immigrants who seek Medicaid or other public assistance.

This shameful policy places immigrant women and their families at tremendous risk. If enacted, it will disproportionately harm immigrant women of color and more impoverished immigrants.

This proclamation violates the core principles of our democracy, as exemplified by the 48-hour comment period under the pretense of an emergency.

We strongly urge the Administration to rescind this proclamation before it goes into effect.

You can find our letter to the Trump Administration here.

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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