Nov 3, 2019

Read: Judge blocks Trump immigrant health insurance rule

President Trump visits the Southern border fence in Otay Mesa, California, on Sept. 18. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge temporarily blocked Saturday a Trump administration
proclamation requiring immigrant-visa applicants to prove they can obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or cover their own health care costs.

Facing a likely risk of being separated from their family members and a delay in obtaining a visa to which family members would otherwise be entitled is irreparable harm."
— Judge Michael Simon

Why it matters: It's another legal blow for the hardline immigration plans 0f President Trump's administration.

  • The New York Times notes the administration was hit by temporary court injunctions in New York, California and Washington State preventing the implementation of its "public charge" rule. The move would make it harder for immigrants to gain legal status if they're likely to rely on public programs — including Medicaid or subsidies through the Affordable Care Act.
  • The rulings are likely to be appealed, and Steve Yale-Loehr, an immigration professor at Cornell Law School, predicted to the NYT the decisions on the issue would "go all the way to the Supreme Court."

The big picture: The new rule was due to take effect just after midnight on Sunday, but the 28-day temporary restraining order issued by Judge Michael Simon in the U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, halts those plans.

  • A recent increase in the number of people without health insurance has coincided with the Trump administration discouraging immigrants from applying for and using government health care programs, like Medicaid.

Read the order:

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Tennessee becomes the first state to ask for Medicaid block grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Tennessee is formally asking the Trump administration today to transform its Medicaid program into a block grant — the first real test of an idea that has captivated conservatives for years.

Why it matters: Tennessee's request will test the bounds of what the Trump administration can do on its own, as it seeks to overhaul the Medicaid program. And if it’s successful, it would usher in a new model for a program that covers some 75 million people.

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Judge dismisses Trump's lawsuit over tax returns

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A federal judge in D.C. has thrown out President Trump's lawsuit that aims to block the House Ways and Means Committee from getting access to his tax returns through a new New York state law, reports NBC News.

Why it matters: Trump has tried to block every attempt to make his tax returns public and plans to take this case to the Supreme Court.

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Federal government must provide mental health services to separated migrant families

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A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration is required to provide mental health services to the thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This decision "marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for the mental trauma brought by its policies," writes the Times.

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