What’s Next?

The rule has been published in the Federal Register, and the public can comment on it until December 10.

As currently drafted, benefits—besides SSI and TANF for subsistence and Medicaid for long-term care—received before the rule is finalized will not be considered in future public-charge determinations. Immigrant families who are currently receiving benefits that would be covered by the reinterpretation shouldn’t panic or disenroll children from health insurance, but they should know that there might be changes.