Public charge has ended for most Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage

Wed, 04/21/2021

En español: La carga pública ha terminado para la mayoría de las coberturas de Apple Health (Medicaid)

What is public charge?

Some individuals who apply for a green card (lawful permanent resident status) or a visa to enter the U.S. must pass a “public charge” test – which looks at whether the person is likely to depend primarily on government services in the future. Immigration officials look at all of a person’s circumstances, including their age, income, health, education or skills, family situation and their sponsor’s affidavit of support or contract.

What has changed?

The 2019 public charge rule from the previous administration has ended. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer consider receiving Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage a negative factor when a person is applying to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR or green card). 

What does this mean?

You can receive Apple Health coverage and not worry about it impacting your ability to become a Lawful Permanent Resident in the future. HCA will continue to protect the confidentiality of each applicant’s personal information and does not share this information unless required by law.

The public charge test will continue to apply to:

  • Medicaid funded nursing facility or long-term care services (with the exception of Alien Emergency Medical)      

Where can I get more information? 

USCIS guidance has reverted to its previous rule. Visit 1999 Interim Field Guidance for more details.

What if I have questions or concerns?

If you have questions or concerns about the potential impact of your use of public benefits, contact an immigration attorney. You may contact one of the following organizations for help:

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