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E.U. recommends the continent reinstate travel ban on Americans

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The European Union announced Monday that it is recommending its member states reinstate travel restrictions for American tourists. According to a report from the Washington Post, the restrictions could exempt vaccinated persons from the ban.

A European travel ban was last issued on Americans before June 2020. On June 30th, the Union lifted restrictions.

“The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument,” the announcement read. “The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.”

However, according to sources at the Washington Post, it’s possible that vaccinated people could get a pass. A E.U. diplomat spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity. This person told a reporter restrictions “can vary from state to state, but it is widely expected that fully vaccinated Americans would still maintain unfettered access.”

Countries move on the EU’s travel restriction list when they report 75 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. On August 10th the U.S. had nearly 400 new cases per 100,000 people.

As a result, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and the Republic of North Macedonia were also added to the list. Meanwhile, the Union recommended travel restrictions be eased across 18 other countries as their cases decreased. Even China made the list and has no similar recommendation to that of the United States.

Read the full article here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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