Help Spread the Word and Dispel Fear: Immigration Status Impacts
Repealed by the Biden Administration earlier this year, the 2019 “Public Charge” Rule created a chasm in leveraging essential public service programs, creating a punitive threat to those accessing such services by denying individuals seeking to obtain or renew legal permanent residency. While not directly impacting the Older Americans Act (OAA), the repealed rule did consider an individual's age, health and disability status in the public charge risk assessment process.
ACL is now asking trusted community messengers to encourage those in need and help spread the word that using public benefits (with the longstanding exception of cash assistance and Medicaid-funded institutional care) will not adversely affect the immigration status of older adults and people with disabilities.
Read ACL's “Public Charge” Policy Update here!