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CSAC Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

Dec. 6, 2018

This week, CSAC submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notice of proposed rulemaking related to the public charge. The proposed rule would expand the definition of public charge to require consideration of the current or potential receipt of non-cash benefits for legal immigrants, including Medicaid/Medi-Cal, SNAP/CalFresh, federally subsidized housing and Medicare Part D financial assistance.

CSAC is concerned that legal immigrant families will not access federal benefits for which they are eligible, especially for children who may be eligible for health and nutritional supports. The negative consequences from this proposed rule could include disenrollment from health and social services, worse health and wellbeing outcomes, as well as increased county costs and administrative burdens.

CSAC developed the comments in partnership with county affiliates including the County Welfare Directors Association, County Health Executives Association of California, and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. These affiliates and numerous counties have submitted, or are planning to submit, comments on this proposed rule.

The deadline to submit comments to the Department of Homeland Security is December 10, 2018

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