December 05, 2018
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy Public Health
On October 10, the Trump Administration proposed new changes to the “public charge” rule that would deter immigrants from accessing critical programs, including health care, that support essential needs.
In California, these benefits include Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low-income residents; housing assistance such as Section 8 vouchers; and CalFresh, commonly known as food stamps.
The California Medical Association (CMA) believes that many immigrants, even those not subject to the rule, would be deterred from accessing these benefits for themselves or their families due to fear and confusion. The proposed rule would also force noncitizens, especially those with children, to choose between receiving essential medical care or pursuit of their application for admission or adjustment. Families’ fear to participate in Medi-Cal could result in coverage losses throughout California, decreased access to care, and worse health outcomes for the entire family, including U.S. citizen children.
CMA is encouraging California physicians to submit public comments to urge the Administration to withdraw the proposed rule. The deadline to submit is December 10, 2018. Take action here!