Florida Health Justice Project Files Comments Opposing the Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to the “Public Charge” Rule
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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Proposed Changes To the Public Charge Rule will Cause Significant Loss of Health Care Coverage for Florida Children (Updated)
By Matt Childers, Ph.D.
Updated November 14, 2018
On October 10, 2018, the Trump Administration published proposed changes to the “public charge” immigration rules that govern how the use of public benefits affect an immigrant’s legal status. These changes are likely to harm millions of immigrant families across the nation, but states with large immigrant populations will disproportionately feel the impact. In this brief, we analyze the effects that the proposed changes will have on healthcare coverage among U.S.-born children in “mixed-status” families in Florida and its major metropolitan areas (by “mixed-status,” we refer to families whose children are citizens, but one or both of the parents are not). We find that over 107,000 kids will lose health insurance in Florida and over half of them reside in the Miami metropolitan area.
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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