AAP California Opposes New Restrictive “Public Charge” rules in 3 Briefs to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Jan 2020)

In the past, “public charge” Referred to an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence such as someone who received cash assistance for Income Maintenance or was institutionalized in a government-funded long-term care facility. The new public charge regulations expand the definition to include health, nutrition and housing programs that are critical for children and families. AAP California joined three separate briefs on this issue on cases before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to provide evidence and expertise regarding the harm these regulations will do to vulnerable populations and the public health.