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RESOURCE: Public Charge and Health Insurance in California information from Western Center on Law and Poverty

 

Beginning February 24, 2020, the new public charge rule used for immigrants entering the country or applying for permanent residency takes a close look at health insurance. But it does not penalize all immigrants for all kinds of coverage. For example, did you know that Medi-Cal is most often not counted? Medi-Cal does not negatively affect most immigrants for two reasons: (1) many immigrants are not subject to the public charge rule, and (2) the rule’s several exceptions exclude Medi-Cal for many immigrants. This Practice Tip sheet focuses on the second reason – all of the ways that the rule does not penalize applicants for receiving Medi-Cal and health insurance. Finally, it explains how having health insurance (including Covered California and some types of Medi-Cal) is better than being uninsured under the rule.

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