PUBLIC CHARGE

A Message from our President & CEO regarding Public Charge

North East Medical Services (NEMS) deeply cares about the health of all families and communities, and we remain committed to advocating for your access to comprehensive, high-quality health care. You may have heard about the change in federal U.S. immigration law that looks more closely at you and your family's use of government programs, including health services, when you apply for lawful permanent residency (green card). This is called the "public charge" law.

Unfortunately, the public charge law from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gone into effect as of February 24, 2020. If you already have a green card or citizenship status, this rule will not apply to you. If you have questions about you or your family's use of benefits, please use the "Resources" section of this page to consult with an immigration attorney.

Please continue to share your questions and stories with us. We will continue to work hard to provide comprehensive, quality and compassionate care for all our patients and community.

Update - March 14, 2020: Please note that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the USCIS has clarified that the "Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases." Click here for more information.

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Public Charge: Information & Resources

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Public Charge: Advocacy

Since 2017, NEMS has been following and fighting against the Public Charge rule, collecting 2,000 comments from concerned patients, NEMS staff, and commmuty members that were submitted to USCIS in opposition of the draft rule. We will continue to work on other advocacy actions in the future.

We also encourage you to follow or join the One Nation AAPI Movement to continue our fight against Public Charge. Visit their website and view the One Nation Commission Report.