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Fear Keeps Immigrants Away from Healthcare

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by Alice Feller

Immigrants in the Bay Area are so worried about President Trump’s forthcoming immigration policy that they’re opting out of health-care coverage, this according to several local officials, including the head of Alameda County’s health-services department.

This rumor of a new executive order targeting immigrants is causing consternation and panic in the East Bay. Rebecca Gebhart, interim director of Alameda County Healthcare Services, even confirmed to the Express this week that she’s heard Trump’s order might force governments to turn over patient Medicaid data to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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