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Researchers warn that “public charge” rule changes would lead to hardship, economic losses in California

California Health Report featured a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. According to the report, the Trump administration’s proposed changes to public charge rules for deciding immigration cases could push thousands of Californians out of government assistance programs.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018
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The Trump administration’s proposed changes to public charge rules for deciding immigration cases could push thousands of Californians out of government assistance programs and result in billions of dollars of losses to the state’s economy, according to a forthcoming analysis from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Under the changes the federal government proposed in October, legal immigrants applying for permanent residency could be denied if they’ve received certain public health care, food or housing benefits. In California, these benefits include Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low-income residents; housing assistance such as Section 8 vouchers; and CalFresh, the state’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

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