|On Nov. 29, 2018, The Colorado Trust joined the Colorado Health Foundation in submitting a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in opposition to proposed changes to the department’s “public charge” policy.
The new policy would create barriers for documented immigrants to obtain permanent status in the United States if they access certain public assistance programs, including Medicaid, Section 8 public housing and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), among others. These changes could lead to mass disenrollment from essential and lifesaving services among immigrant families and their children. For example, a recent analysis by the Colorado Health Institute estimated that 75,000 Coloradans, including U.S. citizens, could lose their health insurance under the proposed rule, from disenrollment due to the “chilling effect” of such new regulations.
The Trust believes that all Coloradans should have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives. The proposed changes to this policy would greatly reduce such opportunities for thousands of our friends, neighbors and relatives in Colorado. We are proud to join the Colorado Health Foundation in submitting these comments to the Department of Homeland Security. If you would like to comment as well, you can do so online until Dec. 10, 2018.