Public Charge Rule to be Revisited Under Biden Executive Order

President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to revisit the Trump administration’s public charge rule, which denies green cards to legal immigrants based on their potential use of public benefits, including Medicaid. Health experts and advocates say the public charge rule had a chilling effect on Medicaid enrollment for immigrants. Tuesday’s directive compels the State Department, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to conduct a “top-to-bottom review” to assess which immigration policies undermine the inclusion and participation of immigrants in American life.