08 Oct Stay Informed On Public Charge
The public charge rule change was published in the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on October 10, 2018. This rule threatens the health and the well-being of our immigrant communities. Individuals and their families will be placed in an inconceivable position to choose between accessing necessary health services and preserving their immigration status.
Over 210,000 comments against the public charge rule were submitted to the DHS during the public comment period that ended on December 10, 2018. This was an overwhelming response and the DHS will now need to review and respond to each submitted comment. It is important to note that the rule change has not taken effect as of yet. However, it does not dissipate the fear and anxiety that immigrant communities continue to face with inaccurate information or rumors they encounter regarding the public charge rule.
At Healthy Communities Foundation, we are committed to serve the immigrant communities that reside within our service region and support organizations and providers that work and advocate for them. As we continue to learn more about where the public charge rule issue stands, we will provide up-to-date information and resources to keep you informed of how it impacts the immigrant communities you may serve.
What Is Public Charge?
Protecting Immigrant Families created a 3-minute video that provides a comprehensive definition of what the public charge rule is. Watch the video below:
- [NEW] How to Talk About Public Charge – Published by Protecting Immigrant Families
- Public Charge: A Threat to Women of Color [In English and Spanish] – Published by National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
- Public Charge Summary [In Spanish] – Published by Protecting Immigrant Families-Illinois
- Public Charge: A Threat to the Health and Well-Being of Older Adults in Immigrant Families
- DHS’ Proposed Rule: What May Change with Public Charge
- For People Living with HIV/AIDS, the Revised Public Charge Rule Could Mean Life or Death
- Public Charge: A Threat to Children’s Health and Wellbeing
- Proposed Changes to Public Charge: Quick Analysis
- How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families
- Public Charge: A New Threat to Immigrant Families
- The Hunger Impact of the Proposed Public Charge Rule
- Public Charge Expansion Proposed Rule: A Threat to Women of Color
- Proposed Changes to “Public Charge” Policies for Immigrants: Implications for Health Coverage
Actions You Can Take Now:
- Join the Protecting Immigrant Families list serv to be informed on updates and action steps you can take.