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Alert: Information for CHA patients and visitors regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Immigration

Hospitals and healthcare spaces are safe to visit. Federal guidelines do not allow immigration agents from arresting or taking other enforcement actions at health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices and health clinics. Get the care you need.

  • Community Resources: Go to CHA Connect to find many resources like housing, food and more.
  • Healthcare Coverage: Call CHA Financial Assistance at 617-665-1100, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m. or call Health Care for All at 800-272-4232.
  • Housing: Contact City Life/Vida Urbana for housing support, especially if you have concerns about being evicted.
  • Employment: Visit Massachusetts Jobs with Justice for emergency relief information and other support services regarding employment.
  • Public Charge: On March 13, USCIS announced that testing, prevention or treatment for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will NOT be considered in immigration public charge determinations. This means that anyone, including immigrants and their families, with symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is encouraged to seek necessary medical treatment. If symptoms are severe -- difficulty breathing and/or dehydration -- please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.


Public Charge News as of February 24, 2020

  1. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the federal government to implement the public charge rule while lawsuits continue.

    • The final rule will only apply to applications and petitions submitted on or after February 24, 2020. The use of the newly listed public benefits before February 24, 2020 will NOT be considered in public charge determinations.
    • Updated forms, submissions instructions and Policy Manual guidance are available via the USCIS website
  2. Many immigrants are not impacted at all by this rule
    •  Refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants are not affected.
    • Green card holders are not affected (unless they leave the US for over 180 days and seek to reenter).
  3. Many public programs are not considered in the public charge test for decision made inside the U.S. 
    • The following health care programs are NOT counted in the public charge test:  MassHealth for children under age 21 and pregnant women, Health Safety Net, MassHealth Limited, Connector Care, Children's Medical Security Plan, veteran's health coverage, Medicare, and some other Massachusetts health care programs. 
    • Many public programs are NOT considered in public charge:  WIC, school lunches, food banks, shelters, child care assistance, and many more.  
  4. Use of public programs does not automatically mean you are a public charge.
  5. Please continue to stay informed as the lawsuits move forward.
  6. Your health is important to us. We are here as a resource. Please email us to get information.

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