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August 12, 2019

For Immediate Release:

Statement from HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD on the final public charge rule

ALBANY, NY — The Trump administration’s public charge rule will harm patients and raise healthcare costs. This final rule would cause patients to delay or defer needed care and when patients forego medical care and other social services, the care they ultimately require becomes more complex and costly.

The federal government is expanding the types of benefits (such as Medicaid) that an immigrant has used when making a public charge determination. Determining immigrants as public charges will likely negatively impact their immigration status. Undoubtedly, this rule will instill fear and deter entire populations from accessing critical programs and services for which they are currently eligible.

We implore the administration to reconsider this policy. HANYS will continue to work to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the care they need when they need it.

HANYS’ official comments are available online.

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.