Chief Communications Officer
American Medical Student Association
AMSA Submits Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
Sterling, Va., December 10, 2018—The current administration proposed changes to the definition of “public charge.” The proposed public charge rule seeks to expand this definition to include the use of “public benefits” such as Non-Emergency Medicaid, Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidies, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), public housing, and other vital welfare programs. As future physicians, we are deeply concerned about the ramifications this proposed rule will have on the health and wellbeing of immigrant communities.
AMSA opposes this rule change in its entirety and advocates instead for increased protections for immigrants and their families, safe access to needed health and nutrition services, reunification of immigrant children with their families, and a better pathway to permanent residency status and citizenship for all immigrants. AMSA has submitted comments to the government in strong opposition to the public charge ruling.
About the American Medical Student Association:
AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing physicians-in-training, advocating for quality and affordable health care for all, and building the next generation of physician leaders. To join our community, visit amsa.org.