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 Information for Patients on “Public Charge” Rule
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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.