New York Immigration Coalition, Inc.
Special Projects Fund
August 2019- July 2020
In 2019, the Trump administration released the final set of public charge regulations that would penalize lawfully present individuals who participate in health insurance, housing, and food security programs, making it more difficult—if not impossible—for immigrants to secure permanent residency.
Confusion, uncertainty, and fear have already spurred many immigrant New Yorkers to drop benefits—even ones not specified in the new public charge policy. In 2017, NYHealth awarded the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) a grant to mitigate the impact of anti-immigrant federal policies on health access and coverage for New York State’s immigrants. NYIC monitored policy changes in real time, analyzed their impact, and shared recommendations for preserving health care access for immigrants with its 175 member organizations, City and State officials, and health care providers. In 2020, NYHealth awarded NYIC a second grant to continue to address new federal policies that restrict health care access and coverage for New York State-based immigrants and their families.