Register for our Informational Webinars
All health center staff and community partners are invited to join our public charge webinars. Learn how to talk to your patients and community members about this important topic.
To register, all participants will need to create a CPCA account. It is free of charge and open to all interested parties.
December 3: Public Charge 101 & Overview (12 pm – 1 pm) – See slides here
December 12: How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrant Communities (12 pm – 1 pm) – Register here
December 18: Impact of Public Charge on Benefits and Privacy (12 pm – 1 pm) – Register here
If you encounter any issues registering, please call CPCA Member Services at 916-440-8170 for help.
Public Charge Overview
In August, the Trump Administration released the final Public Charge rule (language found HERE), which was to become effective on October 15, 2019.
With this change, the Trump Administration is changing the definition of public charge from a person dependent on the government for financial and material support to a person who uses or receives one or more specified public benefits for at least 12 months in a 36 month period.
The public charge test is highly subjective and does not apply to all immigrants. RCHC encourages our member health centers to understand this rule, who it impacts, and how to talk to your patients about it.
In October, two judges granted a nationwide injunction stopping the implementation of the public charge rule. You can read about both decisions in this New York Times article.
This means that the rule was NOT implemented on October 15 as previously scheduled and we can continue to ensure patients that their use of public benefits and services will NOT impact their ability to adjust their status.
However, we know this fight is not over. This injunction is temporary and we also expect the Trump Administration to appeal this decision. So we will continue to provide resources and education to our health center members and community partners. Thank you for all of your advocacy and work on this issue.
Health Center-Specific Resources
New Resource KeepYourBenefitsCA.org / TusBeneficiosPublicos.org (flyer here)
California Department of Social Services Public Charge Contact List
California Health and Human Services Agency Public Charge Guide
CPCA Public Charge Resources
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Protecting Immigrant Families
National Immigrant Law Center
California Immigrant Policy Center
California-specific versions of PIF’s “Let’s talk about Public Charge” and “Getting the Help you Need” fact sheets in 22 languages can be found here.