Public Charge Update

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) published the Public Charge Final Rule titled Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds 2019-17142 to the Federal Register. This rule will go into effect on October 15, 2019. Many states across the nation have already filed lawsuits to block the new rule, including California. The Final Rule changes the definition of Public Charge by creating an additional basis for denying Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card) to applicants who have used, or are considered “likely” to use, public benefits including Medicaid (Medi-Cal), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), Federal Public Housing and Section 8 assistance, or cash assistance under SSI, TANF or similar state, local or tribal programs. Please keep in mind that things are changing fast, and there are still many unknowns. However, given the potential impact of this Final Rule on the patients and communities we serve, we are providing a high level summary of the main provisions.
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Our Policy Agenda

AltaMed Government Relations champions nonpartisan, evidence-based domestic policy solutions that improve the economic, political, and social landscape for Latinos and other communities of color in states and localities across the U.S.

Our Priorities

When AltaMed was established in 1969, our immediate priority was to help improve access to care with the ultimate goal of eliminating health care disparities. Over the years, we’ve broadened our scope to address everything that impacts the health of a community: access to social services, education, and awareness of the rights and responsibilities we all share in this country.
Some of our formal initiatives include:
  • Protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Health Center Funding
  • Workforce Development
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Census 2020
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