Alliance Joins Child and Family Advocates Opposing Public Charge Proposal

Alliance Joins Child and Family Advocates Opposing Public Charge Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC—The School-Based Health Alliance stands with our national partners and esteemed medical associations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association in opposing the Trump administration’s proposed changes that govern public charge determination.

“Public charge” is an immigration term that refers to a person who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government to meet his or her basic needs. The Administration’s proposed new rule would significantly broaden the scope of programs considered by the government to make this determination, making it more likely that legally present immigrants could be denied a visa or green card merely for seeking health and support services, including those for which they are eligible such as Medicaid, SNAP and housing assistance.

This proposal is another example of the Trump Administration’s unrelenting assault on immigrant families, and would likely have a significant, harmful impact to the health and well-being of immigrant families including the 1 in 4 children living in an immigrant family in the United States. No family should avoid seeking services they are eligible for out of fear. The School-Based Health Alliance believes all children deserve access to quality health care and necessary support services, regardless of immigration status or income. We are committed to providing school-based health centers across the country with the support, tools and resources to make their centers welcoming and accessible to all children, as well as aggressively opposing this proposed rule via submission of formal comments.

Joint Statement on Public Charge

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