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Don’t Cut Health Aid To Immigrants During Coronavirus Crisis, AGs Urge Trump

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The attorneys general of Connecticut, New York, 14 other states and the District of Columbia have urged the Trump administration to allow all immigrants access to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says every person in the country including immigrants, whether or not they are documented, need access to medical services at this time.

“By putting in a rule that chills the use by immigrants of Medicaid in our nation’s healthcare services during a healthcare crisis, that puts everybody at risk.”

Connecticut is part of a multistate coalition challenging a Trump administration rule that penalizes immigrants who sign up for public assistance including health services before they become citizens.

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a lower court injunction on the rule.

Tong says about 200,000 Connecticut residents would be in danger of losing access to services like food assistance, Medicaid and Section 8 housing, if the administration rule is enforced.

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