Stay Informed on Public Charge

Stay Informed on Public Charge

The public charge rule change was published in the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security on October 10, 2018. This rule threatens the health and the well-being of our immigrant communities. Individuals and their families will be placed in an inconceivable position to choose between accessing necessary health services and preserving their immigration status.

The public is invited to publish unique comments directly to the Federal Register about what the impact that this rule change can have. This public comment period starts on October 10, 2018 and ends on December 10, 2018Please look below for resources on how to write and submit a public comment. However, it is important to note that the rule change does not take effect until the Administration reviews and responds to those comments.

At Healthy Communities Foundation, we are committed to serve the immigrant communities that reside within our service region and support organizations and providers that work and advocate for them.

As we continue to learn more about the new public charge rule, we will provide up-to-date information and resources to keep you informed of how it impacts the immigrant communities you may serve.


What is Public Charge?

Protecting Immigrant Families created a 3-minute video that provides a comprehensive definition of what the public charge rule is. Watch the video below:

Actions You Can Take Now:

  • Use the public comment template created by Protecting Immigrant Families – Illinois to help you get started on writing your unique public comment. This template is designed for healthcare providers or organizations. However, there are templates that focus on housing, immigrants, among other sectors. If you are interested in getting a hold of those templates, please reach out to
  • Submit a comment directly to the federal government about how the public charge rule change will impact you, your family or your community. The last day to do so is December 10th before 11:59PM EST. Learn more about how to submit a comment here.
  • Attend any of the following events:

Tuesday, November 27 at 12pm CST; Follow the Twitter conversation with Salud America, Coalition on Human Needs, First Focus, Food Research & Action Center about public charge via #SaludTues

Wednesday, November 28 at 3pm CST; The Los Angeles LGBT Center, Center Action Network, NCLR, National LGBTQ Task Force, and Center for American Progress are sponsoring a webinar on public charge and its impact on LGBTQ immigrants and access to health care, including HIV care. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, November 29 at 11:30am CST; The Protecting Immigrant Families campaign is partnering with Global Detroit (@GlobalDet), the Welcoming Economies network (@WelcomingUSA), and New American Economy (@NewAmericanEcon) for a business/economics Tweetstorm. They will use the #ProtectingFamilies tag along with #PublicChargeEconomics.

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