Public Charge and Implications for Medicaid Enrollment

A recently proposed rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks to change how DHS determines whether immigrants—when seeking admission to the United States, an extension of their stay or a status change to become a lawful permanent resident—are “likely at any time to become a public charge” (i.e., dependent on the government for financial support). Consequentially, being determined a “public charge” may put immigration status at risk.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies program, together with experts at Manatt Health, hosted a webinar that reviews the proposed rule and its potential impacts on consumers, states and providers. Specifically, the webinar highlights key ways in which the proposed rule departs from current guidance, with a particular focus on the implications for Medicaid and other health-related public benefits, and how the proposed rule may impact consumers’ access to certain benefits. Manatt also authored accompanying frequently asked questions to further explain the proposed rule.

Click here to view the webinar and download a free copy of the program and FAQs.

Deborah Bachrach, Partner, Manatt Health
Patricia Boozang, Senior Managing Director, Manatt Health
Allison Orris, Counsel, Manatt Health
Alice Lam, Director, Manatt Health

The webinar was held on October 1, 2018.
It was prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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