The public charge rule is an ongoing barrier to health insurance for lawfully

present immigrants and ought to be removed. Healthcare coverage for

immigrants is a critical aspect of the country’s health care scheme. Recent

changes to the United States’ immigration policy are contributing to growing

fears among immigrant families about participating in Medicaid and CHIP.

The most effective solution is to permanently alter the Immigration and Nationality

Act. Congress should expressly exclude health insurance from being

considered in the public charge grounds for inadmissibility.