August 12, 2019 —The Administration has released the final regulation that expands the definition of “public charge” and puts the health and well-being of immigrant families at risk. Implementation of the final public charge rule will start 60-days after the official release, which is currently scheduled for August 14, 2019.
NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden issued the following statement:
“The health center mission is to treat the underserved so they can access the high-quality, affordable health care they need. Access to affordable health care provides the medically underserved with the opportunity to contribute to their communities, thrive and reach their full potential. The rule will deter individuals, including those seen at health centers, from addressing their health care needs, ultimately leading to worse health outcomes for them and their communities. As patient-centered organizations, by mission we seek to provide appropriate and meaningful access to care for all those who come through our doors, and fear that this rule works in contrast to this longstanding goal.”