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Jones urges U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reject proposed rule

News: 2018 Press Release

For Release: December 12, 2018
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Jones urges U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reject proposed rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy and Strategy in response to proposed rulemaking "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” In part, the letter reads:


“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I lead the largest consumer protection agency in the state and am responsible for regulating California’s insurance market, which is the nation’s largest. The California Department of Insurance implements and enforces consumer protections such as basic health coverage requirements, anti-discrimination protections, and many laws pertaining to access to health care.


I stand with the more than 150,000 doctors, health care organizations and others in opposing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds proposed rule. The proposed rule is an attempt to deter immigrants from lawfully entering the country or lawfully remaining in the United States if they may need federal assistance programs to obtain essential health care, housing or food security. This proposed rule is an unnecessary, mean-spirited attempt to once again penalize underprivileged and underserved community members and it would have a long-reaching negative effect on general public health.”


“California is home to more than 10 million immigrants, about a quarter of the foreign-born population nationwide. In 2016, 27% of California’s population was foreign born, about twice the U.S. percentage. The majority of immigrants in California are documented residents. About half (49%) of California’s immigrants are naturalized U.S. citizens, and another 26% have some other legal status (including green cards and visas). California is also one of the most expensive states in which to live, costing more than double the national average for most families. Preventing families from utilizing essential health care, as well as housing and food programs, by threatening their ability to stay in this country will have a huge negative impact on lifting families out of poverty in California.”


“The proposed rule is yet another misguided attempt by this Administration to harm immigrant families. It will impose a greater financial burden on all Americans in the form of higher health care, housing and food costs. I urge you to reject this proposed rule.”

Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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