PEACH Cautions Against Final Federal ‘Public Charge’ Rule Implementation: Assures Californians that Community Safety Net Hospitals Continue to Serve All Regardless of Immigration Status

PEACH expressed great concern about the detrimental health and economic effects of the Trump administration’s final “Public Charge” regulation issued by the Department of Homeland Security on August 12, 2019.

The final regulation expanded the type of public aid programs that would disqualify an immigrant’s eligibility for legal status and U.S. citizenship, designating those individuals as a “public charge” if they or their immediate family members participate in certain public aid programs. The expanded public charge definition now includes use of most forms of Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (known as CalFresh in California), and certain housing programs.

“California’s community safety net hospitals are deeply concerned that the final public charge rule will result in vulnerable families and individuals in our communities avoiding health coverage, care and nutrition programs for which they are legally eligible because of fear of jeopardizing their legal status,” said Rob Curry, PEACH board chair and president and CEO of Emanate Health. “Implementation of this harmful regulation will adversely affect the overall health and economic well-being of communities throughout California.”

View the news release here.