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Public Charge and Immigration

NOTICE: On July 29, 2020, a federal judge blocked the implementation of the public charge regulation during the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency. In a second ruling, a federal appeals court prevents the current administration from denying status to immigrants deemed a "public charge" due to receiving government assistance. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment and prevention of COVID-19 without fearing immigration consequences due to public charge, regardless if the services are provided as part of Medi-Cal. To schedule a COVID-19 test please call 844-421-0804 or visit for more information and online scheduling.
CCHS is monitoring the situation and we will provide additional information and updates.

Public charge does not apply to all immigrants or all benefit programs. Each situation is different and there are many benefits not considered in the public charge assessment. Available to you are community agencies and resources that can provide information and advice specific to you and your family situation. Click on the tabs below to learn more.

We advise anyone concerned about how this change may impact their immigration circumstance to review the rule and to talk to a legal expert. CCHS and its employees cannot offer legal advice.

What is Public Charge
Who is not affected
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For more information contact Office of the Director 925-957-5403.