Provider Education: Using Public Benefits
More than ever, immigrants are forgoing benefits for fear of discovery or retaliation.
The recently leaked draft executive order on Public Charges, which if signed could make it harder for low-income immigrants who use certain benefits to enter the country or obtain a green card, has made the situation especially confusing and threatening. As above, it's important for providers to know what is and what is not true. The landscape is changing rapidly, so keep an eye out for new information from organizations like NILC.
What Services Can Immigrants Safely Access?
Immigrants & Public Benefits: National
Powerpoint slides from a NILC, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and Center on Budget & Policy Priorities webinar. Contains information about eligibility for healthcare programs and potential threats to access.
Immigrants & Public Benefits: State & Local
Mostly Massachusetts focused, but some broader information as well