Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Could Stop Immigrants from Seeking Health Care

October 1, 2018

A Department of Homeland Services (DHS) proposed rule could have a chilling effect on immigrants seeking medical care or enrolling for benefits to which they are entitled. The “public charge” proposed rule would add Medicaid and Medicare Part D low-income subsidies, among other benefits, to the list of programs that the government could consider when evaluating legal immigrants’ requests to change status (e.g., obtain a green card or visa extension). Generally, the government currently limits its consideration to cash-based benefits.

GNYHA has been providing technical and other assistance to members since the spring, when an earlier version of the proposed rule was leaked. A member briefing on this issue will be held on October 5, and GNYHA is engaging with members to prepare its comment letter and help shape its advocacy.