Biden Revokes Trump’s Health Insurance Requirements for Immigrants

CNW Legal Analyst, Attorney Caroly Pedersen

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally. It would also codify provisions wiping out some of President Donald Trump's signature hard-line policies, including trying to end existing, protected legal status for many immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and crackdowns on asylum rules. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

On May 14, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation revoking Trump’s previous Proclamation requiring immigrants to provide proof of health insurance before being allowed to immigrate.

Under the previous administration, immigrants were required to prove they would obtain qualifying health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or that they had the financial resources to cover medical expenses.

In signing the new directive, Biden continues on the course of systematically reversing most of the Trump era anti-immigration policies, instead, calling for a “fair and humane” immigration system.

This comes on the heels of Biden’s revocation of Trump’s “public charge” rule earlier this year, which had allowed Trump administration officials to deny residency to legal immigrants who were deemed to receive public benefits in the future or had done so in the past (i.e. Medicaid or food stamps). 

You can read the new presidential proclamation by visiting our website at and clicking on the e-newsletter.

** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American Immigration Law Center – Call 954-382-5378



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