Restoring the Public Charge Policy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final regulation that restores longstanding public charge policy, effective December 23, 2022. This comes after attempts by the Trump Administration to radically expand the scope and nature of the public charge test, making it much harder for some immigrants to adjust their status and discouraging many more immigrants from seeking public benefits. This fact sheet explains the final rule, focusing on how the rule will impact children’s health coverage. Empowered by the facts, families should be reassured that they can enroll their children in Medicaid and CHIP without fear of immigration consequences.

Kelly Whitener is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families.