Sep 15, 2019

Fear over Trump's immigration crackdown may be linked to rise in uninsured

Immigrants, mostly women and children receiving food, shelter and medical help at a shelter in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc./Getty Images

New data suggests that fear over the Trump administration's crackdown on unauthorized immigration may be a factor in last week's Census Bureau report showing the first increase in the number of people without health insurance in nearly a decade, according to AP.

Why it matters: The White House blamed the Affordable Care Act's high premiums for the rise in the uninsured, but only Hispanics and foreign-born people experienced a significant increase in their uninsured rate.

The big picture: The declines in coverage among these groups coincide with the Trump administration discouraging immigrants from applying for and using government health care programs like Medicaid.

  • The uninsured rate for Hispanics rose by 1.6% in 2018, with nearly 18% lacking coverage. The uninsured rate of immigrant children who have become citizens rose by 2.2% in 2018, to 8.6%.
  • There was no significant change in health insurance for non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Asians.
  • The total number of uninsured rose by 1.9 million people in 2018. An estimated 27.5 million people, or 8.5% of the population, lacked coverage the entire year.

What they're saying: "You can imagine the new approach to immigration inhibiting these people from doing things that would make them more visible to public authorities,” Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, told AP.

Go deeper: Rate of uninsured people increases for first time since ACA rolled out

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Joe Biden makes first public appearance in over two months

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in over two months on Monday to honor Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a Delaware veterans park, AP reports.

Why it matters: Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, has taken the unprecedented step of campaigning from his home during the coronavirus pandemic, ever since canceling a rally in Cleveland on March 10.

WHO temporarily suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns

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The World Health Organization is temporarily pausing tests of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment in order to review safety concerns, the agency's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said Monday.

Why it matters: The decision comes after a retrospective review published in The Lancet found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine or its related drug chloroquine were more likely to die or develop an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to sudden cardiac death, compared to those who did nothing.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 5,449,135 — Total deaths: 345,721 — Total recoveries — 2,188,200Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 1,647,741 — Total deaths: 97,811 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,915Map.
  3. 2020: Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina.
  4. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil Over 100 cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Top Boris Johnson aide defends himself after allegations he broke U.K. lockdown
  5. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks over Memorial Day.
  6. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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