A proposed rule change in immigration policy would harm children’s health and well being. Currently, federal officials assess how likely an immigrant is to receive certain public benefits as a part of visa applications and status adjustments, also known as the “public charge test.” The proposed change would expand the types of services that officials can use to inform decisions on immigration status. Immigrant families are eligible for these services, but fear of compromising their status may prevent them from utilizing much needed assistance. This could result in significant decreases in enrollment from Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other public aid programs critical to children’s health.
The Children’s Partnership, Population Reference Bureau and Kidsdata collaborated to assess the impact of this proposed immigration rule change on California’s children. Findings are summarized in the new issue brief, The Trump Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule Would Harm Children’s Health and Punish Families.
- 269,000 to 628,000 children would lose coverage from Medicaid, CHIP, or other means-tested public health insurance
- the uninsured rate among all children statewide would rise from 3% to between 5% and 8%
- 113,000 to 311,000 children would lose access to SNAP
The analysis was modeled after the Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief, Potential Effects of Public Charge Changes on Health Coverage for Citizen Children, but expands the analysis to non-citizen children and narrows the focus to California counties. Based on this analysis, we can expect worsened chronic health conditions, increased food insecurity, and heightened anxiety among the undeniable results of not addressing medical and social needs when they arise.
Public comment in the federal registry is open until December 10. Provide comment at regulations.gov.
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