In 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a final public charge rule. The final rule expands public benefit programs from the use of income assistance programs (e.g. TANF, SSI) and governmentally subsidized long-term medical care to include federally funded Medicaid programs (with some exceptions) federally funded housing programs, federal food assistance programs (i.e. SNAP), and federal and state income maintenance programs. The rule also expands the factors considered in the “totality of circumstances test” used during an application.
The final public charge rule has gone into effect as of February 24, 2020.
The following resources are designed to aid assisters when working with clients. Information included is not intended to provide legal advice.
- CKF Public Charge Timeline – February 2020
- CKF job aid: Key Points for Assisters to Help Clients Understand the Final Public Charge Regulation – February 2020
- Public Charge and COVID-19:
- CKF job aid: Job Aid – Key Points for Assisters to Help Clients Understand COVID-19 and Public Charge
- CKF handout for clients: COVID-19 and Public Charge for Clients 3.20.20
- Center for Health Progress resources: http://coalition.centerforhealthprogress.org/resources/
- Free or low-cost immigration attorneys in Colorado: https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=CO
- Protecting Immigrant Families national campaign resources available here: https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/analysis-research/ including,
- National Immigration Law Center resources available here: https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/pubcharge/
- Health Reform: Beyond the Basics: FAQ: Public Charge and Health Coverage Programs (for assisters)