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Join us in educating our legislators on important immunization and health issues that are affecting Nevada. Raising our voices together helps our message be heard, and leaders are more likely to listen!

Current Action Alert as of 10/10/2018

The United States Department of Homeland Security, officially published, for comment, the Public Charge rule. This rule would make using health, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, or affordable housing programs a disqualifier for immigration for many people, putting millions of families at risk. The proposed rule would count nonemergency use of Medicaid, food assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing and heating assistance programs, Medicare Part D subsidies, and possibly the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The changes would likely lead to broad decreases in participation in Medicaid and other programs among legal immigrant families and their primarily U.S.-born children beyond those directly affected by the changes. Nationwide, over 19 million or one in four (25%) children live in a family with an immigrant parent, and nearly nine in ten (86%) of these children are citizens.

Disenrolling from public benefit programs from which they are eligible could mean millions of people uninsured and losing food assistance, contributing to rising rates of poverty, a primary risk factor for illness and mortality. As a parent, if you apply for SNAP or Medicaid, you may fear losing the chance to stay in this country with your kids. Yet, not applying may mean seeing your family go hungry or not being able to see a doctor when you are sick.

Additionally, this rule could impact access to immunizations, therefore decreasing the level of protection from vaccine-preventable diseases for our communities. Lower vaccinated populations face a higher prevalence of diseases and increased treatment costs for both families and healthcare providers. 

Take a few minutes now to post a public comment. Click here to be taken to the DHS website. This link will also take you to the text of the rule so you may read it yourself. Top three things you can do:

  • Submit comments to the federal government in opposition to the proposed “public charge” rule by the end of the 60-day comment period, which is December 10.
  • Educate your partners on the harms of the proposed rule and encourage them to submit comments. Comments can come from anyone in the public: organizations and individuals. Quantity matters! 
  • Spread the word on social media. 

Nevada-specific information from Nevadans Together for Health Access

Georgetown University Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Fact Sheet

Read Feeding America’s statement.

Read the Coalition on Human Needs statement. 

FAQs from Protecting Immigrant Families.

Implications for Health Coverage from Kaiser Family Foundation

Families USA Fact Sheet

Joint statement from physician associations (AAFP, AAP, ACOG, ACP, APA)

Fact sheet from Center for Law and Social Policy


My name is [name], I [insert your stance] the proposed Public Charge regulation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

[Insert reason why you or a family or a friend might be negatively impacted by the rule. Or insert a story of why public benefits helped you/your family/patients/clients. Insert your thoughts on America's values and how we can help integrate and welcome immigrant families coming here.]

Thank you for your consideration and allowing immigrant families and children to be successful in our country.


Important public health issues are at stake, and your voice matters more than ever. Join us and call on Congress to put prevention and public health first. Visit this page regularly for up-to-date action items or you can sign up for our Advocacy Action List.  You can also:


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Kids Count: 2018 Nevada Data

Medicaid and Rural America Report

Nevadans Together for Health Access