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Undocumented immigrants go without health care for fear of public charge proposal

An undocumented Fresno woman who gave her name as "Raquel" walks outside her home.
Undocumented & Uninsured
USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative
June 12, 2019

The Trump administration’s proposal to broaden the definition of ‘public charge’; or a burden on U.S. taxpayers, has already stopped many immigrants from using public health services for fear that such use will block them from a green card. Immigrants tell their stories about going without health care for fear – often unfounded – of being declared a public charge.

 

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About This Series

This project results from an innovative reporting venture – the USC Center for Health Journalism News Collaborative – which involves print and broadcast outlets across California, all reporting together on the state’s uninsured. Outlets include newspapers from the McClatchy Corp., Gannett Co., Southern California News Group, and La Opinion, as well as broadcasters at Univision and Capital Public Radio. 

Topics in this Series

  • Affordability
  • Access to Care
  • Expanding Coverage
  • Undocumented & Uninsured
  • Legislative Fixes