Changes to public charge


As of December 23, 2022, the U.S. government made some changes to the public charge final rule. There are more protections for immigrants and their families to use public benefits without fearing it will affect their immigration status. There are also less barriers for low-income immigrants to get a green card.

The updated public charge rule states that many public benefits will no longer count for public charge, like health care and food. Medi-Cal/Medicaid does not count under the new public charge rule unless someone is:

  • In long-term institutionalized care.
  • In a skilled nursing home.

If you would like to learn more about how to apply for Medi-Cal, please go to our Medi-Cal page.

Every family is different. It is important to:

  • Know your rights.
  • Get the facts. Understand if the rule affects you.

Learn more on our public charge page.