Since the Trump-era public charge rule is no longer in effect, the federal government reinstated its previous public charge policy that was established in 1999. The reinstated policy permits immigrants to use Medicaid, emergency Medicaid, CHIP and other safety net programs without jeopardizing their immigration status. This is a welcome change that will allow immigrants to access care without the fear of punishment or deportation. In response to this important change, the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign issued a new set of resources to help immigrants and service providers understand the reinstated policy. Resources include:
- The ABC’s of Public Charge
- Immigrant Rights to Health Care: Treatment and Coverage
- Public Charge Policy: FAQ document
- Information sheets translated into several languages.