Massachusetts Medical Society: Massachusetts Medical Society decries ‘public charge rule’

Massachusetts Medical Society decries ‘public charge rule’

The Massachusetts Medical Society today responded to the new “public charge’ regulation:

As a physician who cares for patients in a community health center setting and as president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, I am as fearful as I am certain that the administration’s public charge regulation will have direct and dire consequences for our most marginalized and at-risk patients.

Physicians recognize that social determinants play a pivotal role in one’s ability to access appropriate, quality medical care, and the fact that those who are disadvantaged will be penalized for utilizing Medicaid, food and housing assistance and other services aimed at addressing social determinants is inhumane.

By policy and by moral and professional obligation, the Massachusetts Medical Society is committed to working for the best possible health care for every person in the Commonwealth regardless of racial identification, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, immigration status, or economic status.

The Massachusetts Medical Society asserts that health care is a basic human right, and it is disheartening and to see that notion challenged and health jeopardized anywhere in the world, let alone in Massachusetts and in the United States.

The families and individuals most at-risk of being hurt by the public charge rule are our patients, and because they are our patients, the medical society and will work alongside those who will challenge this rule.”

- Maryanne C. Bombaugh, MD, MSc, MBA, FACOG, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society

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