Marivi Wright & Tamico Spears
The Value of Preventive Care
“Taxpayer dollars are better served investing in preventive care, than placing immigrants in the impossible position of foregoing necessary medical care because of the fear of harming their immigration applications."
“EVERY child needs preventive care,” exclaims Tamico. When a child is able to get annual check-ups and follow-ups, they develop a relationship with their doctor, preventive care can be administered, and early detection of serious medical conditions like cancer, asthma and diabetes can be diagnosed and effectively treated.
“Medical care should be a right. To have children go without the care they need, it feels like we are failing them” said Marivi. We need to figure out a way where people don’t have to choose between their health and their immigration status.
Immigrants are afraid and confused about the implications of the public charge rule. Their children and families pay the ultimate price. Yet everyone, immigrants included, pays taxes. “Taxpayer dollars are better served investing in preventive care, than placing immigrants in the impossible position of foregoing necessary medical care because of the fear of harming their immigration applications."
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