• Immigrant Health

    A revised “public charge” rule was put in place by the Trump administration. This rule changed how wealth, health, workforce skills, and the use of certain public benefits may affect some immigration applications.

     

    Advocates and community members pushed back, and the Biden administration has reversed the rule. This means the public charge rule is far more limited, and health and food- related benefits are not taken into consideration. 

     

    Yet the fear among immigrant communities caused by the regulation’s expanded criteria that turned many people away from critical services has not abated.  This is threatening the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families, a significant portion of whom call Florida home.

     

    Read their stories here.

  • The Storytellers And The Issues

    Dr. Anderson | The Chilling Effects of the Public Charge

    Miami, FL

    Dr. Anderson is a family physician in South Florida. He provides primary care services to uninsured residents and has been witnessing the chilling effects of public charge first hand.

     

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    Tatiana | The Costs of Fear

    Jacksonville, FL

    “Everyone deserves the same basic right to health care. No one should be forced to choose between seeking medical care or possible deportation."

     

     

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    Mark | The Nexus of Healthcare and Education

    South Florida

    “I have been an educator for over 13 years, and I know the important role that education has in the lives of immigrant families and their children. When they are healthy, children can be in the classroom, and that is where great things can happen!”

     

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    Marivi Wright & Tamico Spears | The Value of Preventive Care

    Jacksonville, FL

    “Taxpayer dollars are better served investing in preventive care, than placing immigrants in the impossible position of foregoing necessary medical care because of the fear of harming their immigration applications."

     

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    Please contact us to share how the changes to the "public charge" rule are impacting people in your community.

     

    Sharing your story --in your words and your voice-- is part of the solution.
    Together we'll make the case that it's time for everyone to have affordable health care.
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