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Federally proposed changes to "public charge" policies

September 28, 2018

MassHealth has received inquiries regarding the recent release of the Department of Homeland Security's proposed rule that would make changes to "public charge" policies. It is important to note this rule is not in effect at this time and does not impact eligibility for benefits. For more information visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/us-department-of-homeland-securitys-proposed-rule-regarding-public-charge

The Baker-Polito Administration has released the following statement:

 "The Baker-Polito Administration values the immigrant community's role in making Massachusetts a vibrant and competitive commonwealth and the Administration believes this proposed rule change would result in individuals not accessing basic needs like food assistance or medical care for them or their family. The Administration will formally oppose this proposal as the process moves forward."

 "We're going to do everything possible to make sure the voice of our state is heard on how negative and detrimental this proposed rule would be on Massachusetts residents and our state economy," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said in an interview. "I think of public benefits as a step up for immigrants who are on their path to economic security." (Source: Boston Globe, dated September 26, 2018: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/09/26/anti-immigrant-plan-threatens-health-care-massachusetts/hOkzaxm6P1Fh7Aqvx9ojuK/story.html)