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A statement from Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld:

We are deeply saddened and concerned about the “public charge” rule change set to be published in the Federal Register on Aug. 14, 2019. We know from our years of firsthand experience caring for immigrant populations that the new public charge rule will have a devastating effect. The rule change will bring stress and suffering to the most vulnerable in our community due to hunger, pain, financial instability, poor living conditions, fear for their families and increased physical and mental health issues.

The rule links a person’s immigration status to their income and their use of certain programs, and therefore, complicates the Omaha area’s long-standing commitment to welcoming immigrants and their families and to insuring all can have healthy, secure futures surrounded by loving, caring families. These changes will impact our workforce, our schools, the overall health and well-being of our entire community and, most sadly, many children and all who care about them.

OneWorld Community Health Centers, in partnership with the community, has provided care for the medically underserved in and around Omaha since 1970. A significant number of our patients throughout our nearly 50-year history have been and are immigrants and the families of immigrants. We are their health care home, and we are honored to welcome them and care for everyone who enters our clinics.

Sincerely,

Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld

Please contact OneWorld’s Public Relations Supervisor, September Symens-Lacroix, with media questions and requests: Call (402) 502-8871 or email ssymens@oneworldomaha.org.

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