The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a notice indicating its intent to change the way it evaluates whether an individual is considered a “public charge.” This rule is NOT in effect at this time and does NOT affect your eligibility for benefits.
If you have questions about this proposed Federal rule, you can contact:
- Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition at (617) 350-5480
If you have questions about how this proposed rule may impact your health care coverage in the future, you can contact:
- Health Care For All at (800) 272-4232. They can answer calls in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The MIRA Coalition and Health Care For All do not provide immigration counseling or legal advice. If you need this type of support, you can contact a group in your area. A list can be found here: U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule regarding “public charge”
On December 10, 2018 the Commonwealth submitted comments to the federal government opposing proposed changes to the public charge rule. The submitted comments are below:
- Public Charge Comments - Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- Public Charge Comments - MassHealth
- Public Charge Comments - Department of Public Health
- Public Charge Comments - Department of Transitional Assistance
- Public Charge Comments - Office of Refugee and Immigrants
- Public Charge Comments - Health Connector
- Public Charge Comments - Department of Housing and Community Development
Last updated 12/14/2018