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.

What to Say to Patients About Public Charge

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:

Operational Readiness for Health Centers

Other Handy Resources


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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