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Administration Finalizes Public Charge Rule

Tuesday, August 20, 2019  
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On Monday, the Trump Administration issued a final rulethat will expand the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who have received certain public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, or housing assistance, or those who are deemed likely to do so in the future.


NACCHO has opposed these changes to the public charge rule because of the chilling effect it can have on immigrants accessing important health and social service programs for them and their family members who are citizens.For example, it could lead to parents to forgoing essential services like nutrition assistance and free school meals for fear it will impact their chances it will negatively impact their green card application. The rule is set to take effect on October 15, although legal challenges to stop it have already begun, with 13 state attorneys general filing suit opposing it.NACCHO's Chief of Government and Public Affairs, Adriane Casalotti, spoke to the Center for Health Journalism about the proposed rule last year.