Public Charge Task Force
Last Updated: March 12, 2018
This page and listed materials are continuously updated as new information becomes available. Visit this page often for the latest updates and resources on public charge policy and AAPCHO Public Charge Task Force activities.
Public Charge Policy Status:
No changes have been made to existing public charge policy at this time. For more information see the resources on this page and/or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Charge Resources
What is “Public Charge” – Recent Articles on the Trump Administration’s Leaked Draft Rule
- Asian American Health Leaders Oppose Potential Denial of Immigration Status to Immigrants Using Needed Critical Services – Joint press Release on public charge (AAPCHO and APIAHF – February 12, 2018)
- The Leaked Rule that Could Ban Immigrants Based on Income, Explained by the Experts (TalkPoverty – March 1, 2018)
- Here’s the Trump administration attack on immigrants you haven’t heard about (The Washington Post – February 16, 2018)
- “Leaked Draft of Possible Trump Executive Order on Public Benefits Would Spell Chilling Effects for Legal Immigrants” (Migration Policy Institute – February 2017)
- For one U.S. immigrant family, short-term public aid meant long-term security (Reuters – February 13, 2018)
- “Trump Plans New Limits on Family Immigration and Access to Services” (Center for American Progress – February 12, 2018)
- Trump’s draft plan to punish legal immigrants for sending US-born kids to Head Start (Vox – February 8, 2018)
- Immigration Crackdown Raises Fears of Seeking Health Care (Roll Call – January 25, 2018)
- Related recent ethnic media and in-language coverage:
- World Journal – February 9, 2018
What to Say to Patients About Public Charge
- Things to Keep in Mind When Talking with Immigrant Families (National Immigrant Law Center – last revised February 8, 2018)
- Sample messages to patients by community health centers:
Public Charge – Preparing to Talk with the Media
- Are you a health center provider, staff or patient willing to tell your story about how immigration policies or public charge affects you? Are fewer patients coming in for services because of rumors about Public Charge, immigration laws, or Medicaid? We need your stories! Click here for AAPCHO’s Share Your Story form (3 minutes to complete).
- Whether it’s a tweet, a patient story, or a data point, framing is critical to building a winning argument. Avoid common communication pitfalls by watching Narratives that Reshape the Immigration Conversation by the Frameworks Institute, February 7, 2018 (Marisa Gerstein Pineau, 22 min). Slides (PDF). Hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center.
- Top 6 Reasons Communications Won the Day on Health Care by Beth Canter and Emily Gardner, Spitfire, August 8, 2017. Lessons learned from successful efforts to preserve the ACA and Medicaid.
Estimate of Patients Impacted and Potential Loss of Revenue
Medicaid and Federal Community Health Center Funding is why community health centers in the U.S. serve 27 million people each year.
- Here’s a calculator to (1) estimate the number of patients impacted and (2) potential loss of revenue if they disenroll from Medicaid and other health coverage: Public Charge Impact Calculator (Asian Health Services – last updated March 12, 2018)
When the Draft Rule on Public Charge is Officially Released – Tips on Submitting Public Comments
Right now, the Trump Administration is preparing an official draft rule that proposes to expand the definition of who is considered a “public charge.” After the official draft is released, the public will have 60 days to submit comments (so far we’ve only seen a leaked unofficial version).
AAPCHO will alert members to submit as many comments as possible. Numbers count, and so does the quality of the comments. Here are tips to help prepare:
- Submitting Effective Comments (Regulations.gov)
- Taking the Mystery Out of Filing Comments on Proposed Rules (National Council of Non-Profits)
- How to Comment on a Rule (Center for Effective Government)
Know Your Rights – Operational Readiness for Health Centers
- Creating a Safe Space at Your Health Center (AAPCHO – September 18, 2017)
- Immigration Sample Policies and Procedures for Health Centers (California Primary Care Association – January 29, 2018) – Six sample policies and procedures for health centers to prepare for the unlikely possibility of an immigration raid.
- Know Your Rights Red Cards (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) – All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. These cards can be distributed to remind us of our rights in situations such as when ICE agents go to a home.
- Know Your Rights Resources (Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta – last updted August 3, 2017) – Resources in 22 languages
For more information, contact AAPCHO at email@example.com.
About this Task Force
The AAPCHO Public Charge Task Force is a joint national initiative led by AAPCHO and it’s member health centers and clinics located in communities with high concentrations of medically underserved Asian Americans (AAs) and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs).
The Task Force works to respond to any proposed changes to public charge guidance or regulations—including advocating against any threats to the health access and status of AA, NHPI, and other vulnerable communities that would be disproportionately impacted by any detrimental changes to public charge policy.
We coordinate our efforts with our member health centers and other partners including but not limited to the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition and the National Association of Community Health Centers.