Amicus: Doe v. Trump, Ninth Circuit

Executive Summary

The National Health Law Program, the American Public Health Association, and 48 other groups filed an amicus brief opposing the President’s October 4, 2019 immigration proclamation. The Proclamation bars the entry of intending immigrants to the United States unless they have “approved health insurance” or “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.” The Proclamation excludes Medicaid and subsidized Marketplace coverage from the definition of “approved health insurance,” but counts ACA-exempt short-term plans which do not provide minimum essential coverage. Our brief focuses on the ways that the Proclamation undermines domestic health care policy, specifically the ACA and Medicaid programs.

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NHeLP Amicus Brief

Last Updated 2/7/2020


American Public Health Association; American Medical Student Association; Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations; Autistic Self Advocacy Network; California Immigrant Policy Center; California Latinas for Reproductive Justice; California Nurse-Midwives Association; California Pan-Ethnic Health Network; California Women’s Law Center; Center for Law and Social Policy; Chronic Disease Coalition; Citizens for Choice; Coalition for Disability Health Equity; Community Action Marin; Community Catalyst; CRLA Foundation; East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum; Families USA; First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission; Health Law Advocates, Inc.; If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Justice in Aging; Kids Forward; Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; Maternal and Child Health Access; Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF); National Center for Law and Economic Justice; National Center for Lesbian Rights; National Center for Transgender Equality; National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship; National Council of Jewish Women; National Organization for Women Foundation; North Carolina Justice Center; Northwest Health Law Advocates; Oasis Legal Services; Oregon Law Center; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Service Employees International Union; Shriver Center on Poverty Law; The Children’s Partnership; Treatment Action Group (TAG); Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism, and Men of Reform Judaism; Western Center on Law & Poverty; and Whitman-Walker Institute.

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