Receiving government health or nutrition benefits will not prevent you from becoming a permanent resident or lead to debt in the future.

Regardless of your immigration status, you have a right to an interpreter at no cost, whether you are applying for Medicaid, CHIP, or a Marketplace insurance plan, or are seeking care at a hospital or community health center. This is also true when applying for SNAP or WIC benefits. Children should not be asked to translate for their parents or other adults.

Immigration (USCIS) does NOT count it negatively against you if you or your family members use Medicaid, CHIP, and Marketplace subsidies, SNAP or WIC benefits for which you are eligible. This has been the law for many years and has not changed in recent months. Individuals who are eligible for and receive public benefits are not required to pay them back. (ALERT! As of April 1, 2018 the laws have not changed. We will inform communities if something changes, or you can call the phone numbers under “Resources” with any questions.)

Everyone has a right to an interpreter when applying for health insurance or seeking health care, at no cost.

Regardless of your immigration status, you have a right to an interpreter at no cost, whether you are applying for Medicaid, CHIP, or a Marketplace insurance plan, or are seeking care at a hospital or community health center. This is also true when applying for SNAP or WIC benefits. Children should not be asked to translate for their parents or other adults.