MDHHS Robert Gordon’s Statement on the Public Charge Rule

By Robert Gordon: For More Info, Go Here…

As I have learned in community meetings around the state, there are many harmful misunderstandings regarding the rule. These misunderstandings deter individuals from seeking help even though they are in the United States lawfully, they are eligible for assistance, they will benefit from assistance, and their immigration status will not be affected by getting assistance.

We are all stronger when human beings can live with greater security and dignity by getting the help they are entitled to under our laws. We must not discourage individuals from getting benefits based on misunderstandings.

Here are key facts that we have shared with our staff and I would like to share with you as well:

• The rule does not affect individuals who are already citizens or who are in the process of applying for citizenship. Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) are only affected if they will leave the U.S. for more than six months and need to be approved for readmission. The public charge test also does not apply at the time of green card renewal. Individuals who are citizens or green card holders should be encouraged to get benefits they need and are eligible for.

• The rule does not count receipt of benefits by family members against applicants for green cards. Eligible children can and should continue receiving benefits consistent with state and federal law, regardless of the immigration status of their parents. Children who will apply for green cards themselves may be subject to the rule, but their receipt of Medicaid will not be held against them.

• The use of emergency Medicaid, Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and Medicaid coverage for children under age 21 will not be held against an immigrant in a public charge determination.

ngd- there is a lot more information worth reading if you face the effects of the Public Charge Rule, you care about someone who is affected, or you are advocating for disability rights…

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