Public Charge Safe to Use List

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This handout provides a list of some of the most common public benefits programs that do not count for public charge. Whether or not public charge applies to you and no matter your immigration status, the programs on this list are safe to use.

On December 23, 2022, a new rule on public charge went into effect. The new rule essentially codifies longstanding guidance, with some added details and protections, strengthening the public charge policy that we have had for more than two decades. For more information, see here.