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Seek Care Without Fear

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.” On October 11, 2019, Federal courts delayed this rule from taking effect. We will update this webpage in the future when the courts make a final determination if or when the rule will take effect.

  • IMPORTANT: If the rule does go into effect, it would only impact a small subset of immigrants in New York! To find out if you might be impacted, 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 if the new rule does eventually take effect, getting 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

Detailed Flyer (Updated September 2019)

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Open Letter to Immigrants

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.

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