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Public Charge Rule Impacts Immigrants’ Use of Public Benefits

Erica Murray, CEO and President of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Centers describes the impact of the proposed public charge rule in a recent story on KQED, Immigrants Using Public Benefits Could Be Denied Green Cards Under New Proposal. The draft public charge rule, released on October 10th by the Trump Administration,would make it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards if they register for federally funded public benefits such as food stamps, Section 8 housing vouchers and Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California. The rule’s potential impact could be massive in California, home to more than 10 million immigrants, more than any other state. “A proposed rule like this could take us backwards in terms of what’s most cost effective and compassionate,” said Murray.

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