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Public Charge Informational Flyer for Health Connector Members

July 13, 2020

Some people who apply for a green card (lawful permanent residence) or a visa to enter the U.S. must pass a "public charge" test. The public charge test is used to decide if a person is likely to use certain government benefits in the future. 

Under new immigration rules that started on February 24, 2020, certain government health programs are now included with other circumstances that officials look at as part of the public charge test.

For more information, please review the Health Connector's web post or download and share this informational flyer with any Health Connector members who may have questions.

The public charge rule is complex and may affect families differently based on their unique situation.

You can find more information about public charge by going to Mass.gov and typing "public charge" into the search tool.

If you are working with someone who has questions about their situation, they may also want to speak with an immigration expert. You can direct your clients to the following resources:

To find a legal services organization, visit www.masslegalservices.org/findlegalaid