In August 2019, the Trump Administration announced a change to immigration rules. This change would make it harder for some people to receive a green card or visa if they have used specific types of public benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, or cash assistance. It could impact people applying for green cards through a family member or for certain types of visas. This rule is called “public charge.” Federal officials have validated that the Public Charge rule will not be used against anyone for seeking care for COVID-19.
Seek Care Without Fear
IMPORTANT: As of January 27, 2020, the new rule has taken effect. Not all New Yorkers and not all immigrant New Yorkers are impacted by this new rule. This rule only impacts a small subset of immigrants in New York! It does not penalize people for enrolling in Emergency Medicaid, Medicaid for Pregnant Women, the Essential Plan, NYC Care, and many other types of coverage. To find out if you might be impacted, read the flyers below and get a free legal consultation from LegalHealth by calling 212-659-6188.
NYC Health + Hospitals wants you to continue to get the care you need and the health care coverage you are eligible for. Even after the new rule took effect, getting health care is not a risk under the public charge rule, so get care without fear!
We welcome all patients at NYC Health + Hospitals, no matter what your immigration status is. That is our commitment. It will never change.
Important Information for Patients on “Public Charge” Rule
In response to heightened rhetoric and tensions concerning immigration laws, NYC Health + Hospitals issued an “Open Letter to Immigrant New Yorkers” to reassure all immigrants that they can get medical care in any public health care setting without fear.
The letter, signed by NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, promises all immigrants: “The City of New York has a policy to protect immigration status and other confidential information. NYC Health + Hospitals will honor your right to privacy.”
The letter is available in 14 languages. Click below to read or download your preferred language.