Submitted by FoodSNAP on 09/12/2022 - 2:30pm.
On September 8, 2022, the Biden Administration published a new federal regulation defining the meaning of “public charge.” This new rule formalizes guidance currently in effect, and marks a strong move away from the wealth test enacted under the Trump administration which led to widespread fear and deterred millions from receiving the assistance for which they qualified. The new public charge rule is scheduled to take effect on December 23, 2022. Here's a link to MLRI's joint press statement with key MA orgs, applauding the Biden Administration for the final rules.
Again, this new rule formalizes guidance the Biden Administration issued in March 2021 and hopefully will give immigrant households added reassurances that they can safely seek core safety-net benefits for which they and their dependents are eligible!
- Here's a short FAQ on the Biden rules from our friends at the MIRA Coalition
- Here's a link to the Protecting Immigrant Families landing page on public charge
- A wonderful short flier from the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement, posted HERE along with other excellent and translated materials.