Public Charge Resources

Posted: September 1, 2020
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BREAKING NEWS: On February 2, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order to begin the process of reviewing and eventually eliminating the public charge rule implemented by the previous adminsitration.

As of this writing, the public charge rule remains in place. Since the process of undoing public charge through the regulatory process will likely take some time, please continue to use the patient-facing resources linked below to help your organizations combat the chilling effect. CCALAC will continue to keep this page updated with the most recent information and resources. 

National PIF “What Advocates Need to Know Now” Document

Click here to access the most up-to-date information on public charge. Here’s PIF’s updated google document for advocates. (Updated February 2021)

Keep Your Benefits

Public Charge Assessment Tool (Updated January 2021): PIF California and partner organizations, including Legal Aid of San Mateo County, created a screening tool to share with immigrant communities. The tool was developed by benefits experts and immigration lawyers to help individuals understand if “public charge” is likely to apply to them given their immigration status and/or public benefits use.

Keep Your Benefits CA: Public Charge Information & Resources

CA PIF Immigrant Health Community Packet

The California PIF Campaign and health and immigrant rights experts developed a packet for advocates to easily access documents, information, presentations, and sample social media posts to help elevate the message that Undocumented Californians have the right to access public services. Access the community packet HERE. (Updated February 2021)

PIF Coalition Public Charge Litigation Tracker

  • The PIF coalition developed a google document to track all litigation efforts on Public Charge. Click HERE to access the shared document. (Updated December 2020)

Public Charge Informational Videos

California Department of Social Services Public Charge Contact List

Click HERE for a list of all organizations in California that are funded by the state to provide Public Charge legal advice on immigration. (May 2020)

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) 24/7 Hotline

CHIRLA provides a 24-hour immigrant assistance hotline. The hotline is staffed by bilingual referral specialists who understand that in California, immigrants have the right to medical care, without regard to their immigration status. Visit the CHIRLA Immigrant Resources page HERE for more information for immigrant communities on seeking testing and/or medical care for COVID-19. CHIRLA 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-624-4752

California Health Care Foundation (CHCF): Message Testing to Combat Public Charge’s Chilling Effect

Public Charge & Health Insurance in California- Western Center on Law & Poverty

Office of the Governor: California Immigrant Guide (Public Charge & COVID-19)

Neighborhood Legal Services LA County (NLSLA)

  • Public Charge FAQ 
  • “Know Your Rights” Flyers – English | Spanish
  • Public Charge Hotline (for information or a referral. Free & Confidential): 1-800-433-6251 (LA County)

Public Charge Guide from the California Health and Human Services Agency

Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF)

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Public Charge: Frequently Asked Questions

Public Charge Know Your Rights Flyers English | Spanish

My Health LA Public Charge Flyers 

LIBRE Project Public Charge Flyers

NACHC Health Center Specific Frequently Asked Questions

Legal Resources 

Resources from Coalitions & Organizations