For more than two years, the Trump Administration has tried to use regulations and waivers as a backdoor strategy to reduce access to basic needs programs that help families thrive. As threats mount, the notice-and-comment process is gaining traction as an important part of public resistance efforts.
CLASP submitted these comments to the Federal Register on December 9, 2018. CLASP strongly opposes the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed regulation regarding public charge. We urge that the rule be withdrawn in its entirety, and that long standing principles clarified in the 1999 field guidance remain in effect.The proposed regulation is unjustified, contradictory to available research, and goes far beyond the agency’s authority and Congressional intent.
On October 9, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was published in the Federal Register, outlining the administration’s intent to dramatically change the meaning and application of “public charge” provisions in immigration law. This proposal could harm the health and wellbeing of millions of people and is of great concern for young children’s development and the early childhood field.
CLASP, along with more than 50 partner organizations, submitted this sign-on letter to CMS in opposition to a provision in New Hampshire’s request to extend its New Hampshire Health Protection Program demonstration project under the authority of Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. The unprecedented proposal would require adults eligible for the Medicaid expansion to verify that they are United States citizens.