“Public Charge” Rule Takes Effect Feb. 24; Guidance from WSHA Coming Soon

February 14, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court recently lifted the injunction against the “public charge” rule. It will take effect on Feb. 24, 2020. The controversial rule would potentially deny legal immigrants green cards or change in their immigration status if they receive government benefits, notably Medicaid. The rule is aimed at discouraging low-income immigrants from using government programs, including food stamps and housing assistance, lest they be considered a “public charge.” WSHA opposed the policy in our 2018 comment letter opposing the rule. WSHA is preparing guidance for members about fielding inquiries from patients about the rule and its impact. We will also host a call for members to ask questions. Details are coming soon. In the meantime, the fight over this rule is not over as litigation, which Washington state is co-leading a plaintiff, continues. For more information, visit the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign. (Jaclyn Greenberg)


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