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President Biden on Friday revoked a Trump-era executive order that barred the entry of immigrants deemed a "financial burden" on the U.S. health care system.

Why it matters: It's one of several policies under the previous administration that targeted immigrants. Biden has sought to undo his predecessor's actions on the issue since taking office, but has been met with criticism and challenges in recent months.

Flashback: The 2019 order required immigrant-visa applicants to prove they could obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or cover their own health care expenses before they were permitted to stay in the country.

  • "Immigrants who enter this country should not further saddle our health care system, and subsequently American taxpayers, with higher costs," Trump said in the proclamation, per the Hill.

What he's saying: "My Administration is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare," Biden said in a statement.

  • "We can achieve that objective, however, without barring the entry of noncitizens who seek to immigrate lawfully to this country but who lack significant financial means or have not purchased health insurance coverage from a restrictive list of qualifying plans."

The big picture: Biden met with a group of DACA recipients on Friday to signal support for immigration reform.

  • He continues to face backlash over management of U.S.-Mexico border crossings.

Go deeper: Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border

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May 14, 2021 - Health

Mental health visits among vulnerable populations dropped significantly during pandemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

People insured with Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program aren't using mental health care services at the same rate as the rest of the population, new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show.

Why it matters: Virtual mental health visits skyrocketed last year, but vulnerable populations went with out treatment during a time period when stress, substance abuse, anxiety and depression were at all-time highs.

Teachers across the U.S. protest laws restricting racism lessons

Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.

Updated 4 hours ago - Health

Lawsuit challenging Houston Methodist's COVID vaccine mandate dismissed

Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

A federal judge on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 Houston Methodist staff over the hospital's policy requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: This is the first federal court ruling on a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Attorney Jared Woodfill, representing the plaintiffs, told KHOU 11 it's "the first battle in a long fight," as he vowed to file another lawsuit soon.