Our partners at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Strategic Health Resource Center invite you to participate in four upcoming tutorials on the Public Charge, which will be held on:
Monday, November 12, at 4:00 p.m. EST,
Tuesday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Wednesday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Thursday, December 6, at 4:00 p.m. EST.
To participate, please dial in by calling: 877-304-2955, and enter passcode 682 377 4516.
Last month, the Department of Homeland Security released a proposed regulation that would allow immigration officials to consider a legal immigrant’s use of Medicaid, Medicare Part D, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Section 8 housing vouchers or public housing as grounds for denying a visa or green card. This regulation, known as the “Public Charge” provision, will impact many of our member agencies that employ legal immigrants, or are involved in providing federally funded services to them.
This proposal aggressively expands the concept of public charge to include even modest reliance on essential federal safety net programs. The current Public Charge policy, which does not penalize legal immigrants for using health, nutrition, housing, or other safety net benefits, was intended to help legal immigrants become participating, productive, and healthy members of our society. However, because of this proposed regulation, immigrants could actually suffer a public health crisis by not getting the care they need. It also will harm the workforces of our agencies that rely on documented immigrants for services such as homecare. Estimates are that this regulation may discourage as many as 26 million people from participating in safety net programs.
Your agencies’ advocacy matters! If a significant number of comments raise concerns about this regulation, it could delay the regulation’s adoption indefinitely.
Here are 4 easy action steps, with templates, to help stop this regulation:
- LEARN: Read JFNA’s backgrounder on the Public Charge proposed regulation.
- ACT: Adapt this template letter for your community and/or agency and submit it on Regulations.gov. Please send a copy of your comment letter to Jonathan Westin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GRASSROOTS ACTION: Ask your boards and other partner agencies to submit letters as well.
- ENGAGE CONGRESS: Send your senators and representatives a copy of your comment letter with a cover letter.