Opposition to the rule was swift, a broad coalition of healthcare organizations and advocacy groups have joined to block the proposal by the Department of Homeland Security.
According to Modern Healthcare, the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, warn that the proposed rule would hurt public health efforts and reduce their ability to serve millions of low-income children and families.
The proposed rule allows immigration officials to consider legal immigrants’ use of public health insurance, nutrition and other programs as a strongly negative factor in their applications for legal permanent residency.
The public benefits covered by the proposed rule:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Section 8 housing vouchers.
The agency wants public comments on whether it should include the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The public has 60 days to comment on the plan – click here.
The agency “pre-released” the new rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” The National Law Review as a great recap on all the details.