Public Charge Task Force
The Trump administration has issued a proposed regulation that expands the definition of “public charge” and puts the health and well-being of immigrant families at risk. The long-anticipated rule was published in the Federal Register on October 10, which starts the 60-day comment period for the public to provide feedback. The new rule would force immigrant families to choose between basic needs like health care and keeping their loved ones together.
We call on the administration to rescind this proposal and to ensure that the patients and families we serve are not put at risk. We urge the public to join us in taking action by submitting comments and opposing this harmful rule at:
Public Charge Resources
Why Health Centers Oppose Public Charge
As representatives of America’s health centers and the 28 million patients they serve, we work to ensure access to quality and affordable health care for all in need. The health center model and mission is to ensure access to affordable health care so that all individuals can contribute to their communities and reach their full potential. As currently drafted, this proposed rule is in direct contrast to this mission.
- Joint Statement of America’s Health Centers Opposing Public Charge Proposal (October 10, 2018)
- Remarks to OMB on Impact Of Proposed Public Charge Rule (June 29, 2018).
- Impact 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)
What to Say to Patients About Public Charge
- Things to Keep in Mind When Talking with Immigrant Families (National Immigrant Law Center)
- FAQ in English and Multiple Asian languages (Asian Health Services): English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese
- Community Fact Sheet in English and Multiple Asian languages (Asian Services in Action-International Community Health Center): English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Tagalog
Tips and Tools for Submitting Public Comments
The public has until December 10 to submit comments on the proposed changes to public charge regulation. Numbers count and so does the quality of the comments. Here are tips and tools for submitting comments:
- 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)
- Comment form in English and Chinese (North East Medical Services)
- Comment postcards in English and multiple Asian languages (Asian Health Services): English, Burmese, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Mongolian, Tagalog, Vietnamese
- AAPI Comment Template for Organizations (APIAHF, AAPCHO, Asian Health Services)
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 updated August 3, 2017) – Resources in 22 languages
Other Handy Resources
- Infographic: Public Charge is an Attack on AAPI Families (APIAHF, AAPCHO, Asian Health Services)
- Infographic: What is Public Charge? (PIVOT)
Working Together to Oppose Public Charge
AAPCHO works with its member Public Charge Task Force to advocate against any threats to the health and well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and other vulnerable communities served at community health centers that would be disproportionately impacted by detrimental changes to public charge policy.
AAPCHO is also a member of multiple coalitions united in opposition to public charge:
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