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UPDATE [MARCH 21, 2022] – The Biden administration has published proposed regulations that would largely codify the 1999 guidance on public charge. Read about this latest development and the strategy to provide comments on the regulation HERE.


In March 2021, the Biden administration announced that the 1999 guidance on public charge (the policy that was in place before the 2019 public charge rule) is now in effect. MIRA will continue to keep you updated as more information about how this change will be implemented becomes available.

Read our statement in response to this announcement.

Under the 1999 public charge guidance, it is safe for immigrants and their families to access health, nutrition, and housing programs for which they are eligible. 

You can find more information and materials about public charge on the Protecting Immigrant Families website or by consulting the City of Boston’s flyer on public charge below. 

Remember! There will be NO immigration consequences for seeking COVID-19 testing, treatment, or vaccination. If you or a loved one are sick or know you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, don’t hesitate to get tested and treated, regardless of your immigration status or insurance coverage. MIRA has developed an FAQ about the vaccine specifically for immigrant and refugee families available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.