Advocates are preparing for the release of a new “public charge” rule from the Trump Administration that would put immigration status at risk if an immigrant or their family—including U.S. citizen children and other dependents—seeks access to an array of programs that support health, nutrition, and economic stability.
If implemented, this rule would harm older immigrants, their families, and caregivers. The rule would make it much more difficult for U.S. citizens and residents to welcome aging parents or other family members into the country. Seniors and their families may be afraid to go to the doctor or get helping paying for food or rent. Additionally, many immigrant older adults work as caregivers for very low pay. This rule would make it harder for them to access benefits like Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or get help with insurance premiums through Affordable Care Act subsidies.
Justice in Aging has a new fact sheet that provides an overview of the harms to older adults, their families, and caregivers that the Trump Administration’s changes to the “public charge” rule would pose. A California fact sheet provides an overview of these harms looking at California-specific data and programs.