This section includes tools and resources for county human services agencies relating to immigration, health care and public benefits under current law. County humans service agencies are fielding many calls from clients and the community regarding immigrants’ eligibility for health and other public benefits given the proposed and current Trump Administration policies.
State and federal laws are still in effect that entitle clients to health care coverage and assistance that they are eligible to receive. CWDA and county human services agencies understand there is increased uncertainty and anxiety about information around health care and other public assistance programs that has been in the news and elsewhere. However, our hope is to help clients continue to receive the health care and other assistance families and individuals are eligible to receive today and need now under current law.
CWDA continues to work closely with our state and federal partners, including the National Immigration Law Center, Western Center on Law & Poverty, National Health Law Program, Families USA and others to ensure we share the latest information.
Resources for Counties – Developed by CWDA, County Human Services Agencies, and Partner Organizations
SUPREME COURT RULES ON PUBLIC CHARGE (January 2020)
On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a 5-4 ruling lifting the final remaining nationwide injunction, in the DHS v Cucinelli case in the 2nd Circuit.
We are working with our California and national partners to ascertain the effects of this ruling and will post updated materials and information as we receive them.
FINAL PUBLIC CHARGE RULE (August 2019)
- – October 23, 2019
- – August 14, 2019
- – August 29, 2019
- – August 16, 2019
- – August 16, 2019
- – August 16, 2019
- Link to CDSS list of legal services providers
- Link to CDSS list of public charge specific legal services providers
PROPOSED CHANGES TO PUBLIC CHARGE (October 2018)
- - December 7, 2018
- - November 28, 2018
- – November 2018
- – October 23, 2018
- – October 9, 2018
- – September 2018
- – July 19, 2018
OTHER COUNTY RESOURCES
- Watch: CWDA Immigration Webinar – June 8, 2018
- – June 8, 2018
- – June 8, 2018 County Response to Proposed Changes to “Public Charge”
- – Developed by San Francisco Human Services Agency
Resources for Counties – Developed by Partner Organizations
- Understanding the President’s Memorandum on Enforcing the Responsibilities of Sponsors FAQ – National Immigration Law Center
- – Protecting Immigrant Families, August 2019
- – Protecting Immigrant Families
- Federal Guidance on Public Charge: When is it safe to use public benefits? - National Immigration Law Center
- Access to Public Programs for Immigrant families under the Trump Administration: Things to Keep in Mind When Talking to Immigrant Families – National Immigration Law Center
- Public Charge Q&A (multiple translations) – Health Consumer Alliance
- Q&A: Sponsored Immigrants & Benefits - National Immigration Law Center
- Public Charge and Proposed Changes Fact Sheet – CLASP & National Immigration Law Center (Spanish translation)
Immigration Toolkit – Everybody Belongs Here – Items include:
Protocols for ICE visits
Current laws and policies for providers
Messaging for patients
Resources for Clients
- Fact Sheet: Is It Safe to Use Medi-Cal (multiple translations) - Health Consumer Alliance
- Know Your Rights - Is It Safe to Apply for Health Insurance or Seek Health Care? National Immigration Law Center
- DACA Recipients and Medi-Cal: Frequently Asked Questions – California Department of Health Care Services
- – California Endowment
- Family Preparedness Plan (multiple translations) – Immigrant Legal Resources Center
- WATCH: Video About Public Charge and Proposed Changes - National Immigrant Law Center & California Endowment
- – California Department of Social Services
- Immigration Advocates Network Directory of free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in California. You can search via a map view and/or filter options by types of services.
- National Immigration Project Directory includes immigration attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, and other attorneys in California who manage immigration issues as they intersect with their main area of practice.