What Does the Practicing Pediatrician Need to Know About the Public Charge Rule?
For the last year, TPS has been speaking out about the detrimental effects the proposed public charge rule could have on Texas children and their families. 5.6 million Texans live in a family that includes at least one non-U.S. citizen (of any immigration status), and of these, 1.9 million are children - most of whom are U.S. citizens themselves. That's more than one in every four Texas children.
As pediatricians, we have a responsibility to understand the impact of these policies on our patients and their families. TPS submitted opposing comments on the proposed rules and significant changes were made in the recently published final rule which will go into effect in just 5 days on October 15th. Its time to get up to speed on these changes and to let our families know about the best way to keep their children safe and healthy.
TPS hosted a webinar on October 22nd from 12-1 pm for a deep dive webinar into the final public charge rule and how best to message to your patients. Our guests speakers were Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director with the Center for Public Policy Priorities and Cheasty Anderson, PhD, Senior Policy Associate with the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas.
Recording,including audio, of the full webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/4320015672763866379
PDF presentation slides: public-charge-impact-in-tx-texas-pediatric-society-10-22-2019.pdf
Getting the Help You Need Updated September 2019*
(See how ‘public charge’ will impact you based on your immigration status, and what you should do)
Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs? Updated October 2019*
(Use this guide to help answer common questions about how to make good decisions for your family and their health)
Materials in many languages can be found here: https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/know-your-rights/