NHMA Policy Statements

SCOTUS Ruling on DACA Assures Young People Home is Here

Washington, D.C. – June 18, 2020 – In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court announced that the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the DACA program was “arbitrary and capricious.”

The National Hispanic Medical Association released the following statement:

Today’s ruling is a big and important step toward securing justice for Dreamers. Since its inception in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has amassed nearly 800,000 immigrants, many of whom are helping in the frontlines during the pandemic, risking their health and safety.

The Center for American Progress estimates that around 29,000 DACA recipients were among the health care workers who were fighting against COVID-19. They stepped up and answered the call when their country needed them the most even with fear of deportation.

NHMA celebrates this momentous ruling and thanks the allies who fought hard to make it possible. We now call on the Senate to follow the House’s lead in passing the DREAM Act immediately.

NHMA is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower Hispanic Physicians to lead efforts that improve the health and wellness of Hispanic and other underserved groups. NHMA represents the interests of more than 50,000 licensed physicians, providing leadership and advocacy for its members and partners across the country.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Important Health Care Protections For Vulnerable Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic

Section 1557 Final Rules Allows Health Care Providers to Discriminate

WASHINGTON, DC – June 15, 2020 – The National Hispanic Medical Association issued the following statement on the Trump’s administration’s final rule with the roll back of civil rights protections under Section 557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Rolling back critical civil rights protections is unconscionable and negligent during a global pandemic. The Trump administration continues its mission to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and attack marginalized and vulnerable communities with this rule.

Section 1557 protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and sex stereotyping. This section also protects individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and individuals with disabilities and/or chronic conditions from discrimination.

The final rule rolls back civil rights protections by removing key notice requirements of informing individuals with LEP of their right to obtain assistance to obtain critical health care information. It also allows discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, people who have had or will need abortion care, and other reproductive health services.

Over 21 percent of the U.S. population, or 66 million people, speak a language other than English at home, with Spanish being the second most used language with 25 million of them speaking English less than “very well” and considered LEP. Adults and children with limited English proficiency are more likely to be uninsured than those who are English proficient.

NHMA calls on Congress to intervene and to protect everyone in accessing health care and health insurance. Actions that promote discrimination is unacceptable. NHMA calls upon its communities and members to mobilize in response to this new attack on vulnerable communities.

NHMA is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower Hispanic Physicians to lead efforts that improve the health and wellness of Hispanic and other underserved groups. NHMA represents the interests of more than 50,000 licensed physicians, providing leadership and advocacy for its members and partners across the country.