WSHA has received some questions from members about how recent executive orders on immigration may impact how hospitals and other health care facilities provide services. While WSHA has not prepared a comprehensive response, we have some resources and information that may be useful, including information on:
- Immigration enforcement actions in facilities;
- Law enforcement presence in facilities;
- Protected health information (PHI); and
- Requirements to ask about immigration status (of which there is none, and a requirement would pose a public health threat as it would discourage people from seeking care, including for communicable diseases).
Click here to see WSHA’s resources. Please note that the federal landscape may change given the current administration’s attention to immigration. Please consult legal counsel with specific questions. (Taya Briley and Zosia Stanley)