ACP Calls for National Strategy on Healthcare for Immigrants
3. U.S.-born children of parents who lack legal residency should have the same access to health coverage and government-subsidized healthcare as any other U.S. citizen.
4. a) National immigration policy should recognize there are risks to the overall public when undocumented persons do not receive medical care. They should not be denied comprehensive primary care, prenatal care, injury prevention initiatives, toxic exposure prevention and chronic disease management, which alleviate the need for costly emergency care.
b) Encourage all residents to receive vaccinations and screening for prevalent infectious diseases.
5. The federal government should develop innovative strategies to support safety-net providers including community health centers, public health agencies and hospitals with a disproportionate share of patients who are uninsured, indigent, or covered by Medicaid and should continue to offset costs of uncompensated care and emergency services.
6. Immigration policy should not interfere with the ethical obligation to provide care for all.
7. Immigration policies should not foster discrimination against a class or category of patients.
The ACP acknowledges that the policy needs to be one that balances the nation's need to control who it admits within its borders. But the organization says that the U.S. needs to recognize that people "who delay obtaining care because they cannot document legal residency are likely to generate higher healthcare costs that are passed onto legal residents and taxpayers through higher premiums and higher taxes."
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