Florida Health Justice Project Featured in the Miami Herald's Editorial Opposing The Trump Administration's Proposed Changes to the "Public Charge" Rule
The Florida Health Justice Project was featured in an editorial piece regarding the proposed Public Charge rule. The article contains direct quotes from our Executive Director, Miriam Harmatz, and Board Member, Dr. Fred Anderson, that discuss the present and future effects of this rule. Information on how to submit a comment online is also provided in the article.
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By: Daniel Chang, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Miami Herald's article discussing the Public Charge Rule highlights FHJP's research analyzing the rule's impact in causing children to lose critical benefits, including health coverage and SNAP. The article also features Dr. Fred Anderson, FHJP Board member, discussing how the proposed rule changes are adding to immigrants' fears and raising the likelihood that their medical conditions will worsen.
Advocates Condemn Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Immigrant Families
For Immediate Release: October 5, 2018
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Miami, Florida — The Trump administration moved forward this morning with plans to fundamentally alter how immigration officials determine what constitutes a “public charge,” which could result in denial of lawful permanent residence or entry to the U.S. At 8:50 a.m. the administration posted the new rule for “public inspection” and announced that the rule will be formally published in the Federal Register on October 10. This will commence a 60-day public comment period ending December 10, 2018.
The proposed rule, as with the draft released on Sept 22, 2018 , radically alters a 100-plus year old immigration law by significantly expanding the types of public benefits that could be included in a public charge determination. For decades, the only benefits that could be considered were cash assistance or long term institutional care. No other benefits could be part of the calculation. Under the new rule, health care benefits including Medicaid and Medicare low income subsidies for Part D (prescription drugs), housing assistance housing or Section 8 and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) could be considered. Also, the new rule, for the first time, adopts a new income test for households to overcome a public charge test.
The Florida Health Justice Project, a new nonprofit advocacy organization, seeks to improve access to affordable healthcare for Floridians, with a focus on vulnerable low-income populations.
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