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Hello everybody, I was wondering, me and my husband both have jobs at the same company, he makes around 350 a week I make 250 a week...

We do qualify for enrollment in the healthcare provided by the company, but he wanted to get free medical for some reason, probably because if we go out of that job and try to find better one, the healthcare wouldn't be provided any longer.

My question, we enrolled and got approved, it gonna be working in june 1st (MEDICAL . LA CARE) for free.

Will that affect the fact that I have a temporary 2 years GC and when I go to get the 10 years one and later on when I go get citizenship, will the fact that we have medical affect something? should I take my name out of the medicall?? Will our sponsor have to pay the government if in case I use anything by medical?

I just really am ignorant to that information and would appreciate if somebody could give me the answer, if I have to get out of medical even before I use I will, I am young and healthy anyway, I just don't want my immigration process to be affected in a negative way.

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I would love to know the answer to this!


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You kind of owe it to the person who sponsored you to not be ignorant about the requirements of the I-864. If you receive a Federal, State or Local "Means Tested Public Benefit" your sponsor may be required to pay it back. I would call LA Care and ask them if what they are providing you is a MTPB. http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/support/i-864-frequently-asked-questions.html Means Tested Public Benefits

Federal means tested public benefits are the following:

  • Food stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • State Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
FAQs: Means Tested Public Benefits
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Can the applicant use government assistance or public benefits?
What assistance programs are not considered means tested public benefit programs?

If the sponsored immigrant uses federal means tested public benefits, the sponsor must repay the cost of the benefits.

The following types of assistance are not considered means tested public benefits and do not have to be repaid.

  • Emergency Medicaid
  • School lunches
  • Immunizations and treatment for communicable diseases
  • Student assistance to attend colleges and institutions of higher learning
  • Some kinds of foster care or adoption assistance
  • Job training programs
  • Head start
  • Short-term, non-cash emergency relief

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Yeah, I guess I should call them before july... me and my husband are going to brazil for 3 weeks, when we come back, if they ask questions, we have a job, apartment lease, but the healthcare is medical, do we have to show them something about healthcare? can we just say that we enrolled and gonna start in july without mentioning the fact that we have it for free because of now high income? I don't wanna say we got it for free or bring the papers that say we got it for free lol

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Anybody knows how I can get out of medical?

Now I am afraid that it will be bad for my immigration status and want to get out. rather have no healthcare if medical will affect my status

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There has been no one held accountable for government mean tests.


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There has been no one held accountable for government mean tests.

Hi Nancy! as you can see in this topic http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/549969-can-being-on-medical-be-a-reason-to-deny-gc-holder-on-entering-us-after-trip/#entry7644857it looks like I found some documents saying that medical can not count as public service of public charge or Using health care services, including Medi-Cal, generally does not affect a person’s immigration status. An immigrant’s use of health services is not considered in determining whether the immigrant is or is likely to become a public charge.

This document was made in 2006 tho.

the seconds one was saying you can not lose your residency for being on medical, they can not make your sponsor pay for emergency uses and they might make the sponsor pay for non-emergency but there is no cases of california making the sponsor pay for medical uses.

http://www.co.merced.ca.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/6354

If I go in the trip abroad with my husband and in our way back if they ask if we have healthcare in the USA, should I show our medical cards and pretend we didn't got for free, should I hide and say we don't have nothing, or should I get out of medical before going? Just really don't wanna risk losing residence over healthcare, I am very young and fortunately don't need healthcare as of right now anyway...

Thank you for the help! and for everybody that is replying, it really worries me ...

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You are overworried and paranoid. CBP has nothing to do with your health insurance. Don't sweat over small thing, your life has more things to worry about.


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Are housing assistance such as Shelters considered as means tested benefits?

Considering the fact that nursing homes are, I believe housing assistance such as Shelters is as well, but there's a couple exceptions for refugee green card holders, if yours is based in refugee.

This is where I found such info. http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge

What publicly funded benefits may not be considered for public charge purposes?

A. Non-cash benefits (other than institutionalization for long-term care) are generally not taken into account for purposes of a public charge determination.

Special-purpose cash assistance is also generally not taken into account for purposes of public charge determination.

Non-cash or special-purpose cash benefits are generally supplemental in nature and do not make a person primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. Therefore, past, current, or future receipt of these benefits do not impact a public charge determination. Non-cash or special purpose cash benefits that are not considered for public charge purposes include:

  • Medicaid and other health insurance and health services (including public assistance for immunizations and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases; use of health clinics, short-term rehabilitation services, and emergency medical services) other than support for long-term institutional care
  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Nutrition programs, including Food Stamps, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, and other supplementary and emergency food assistance programs
  • Housing benefits
  • Child care services
  • Energy assistance, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Emergency disaster relief
  • Foster care and adoption assistance
  • Educational assistance (such as attending public school), including benefits under the Head Start Act and aid for elementary, secondary, or higher education
  • Job training programs
  • In-kind, community-based programs, services, or assistance (such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and intervention, and short-term shelter)

State and local programs that are similar to the federal programs listed above are also generally not considered for public charge purposes. Please be aware that states may adopt different names for the same or similar publicly funded programs. It is the underlying nature of the program, not the name adopted in a particular state, which determines whether or not it should be considered for public charge purposes. In California, for example, Medicaid is called "Medi-Cal" and CHIP is called "Healthy Families." These benefits are not considered for public charge purposes.

In addition, and consistent with existing practice, cash payments that have been earned, such as Title II Social Security benefits, government pensions, and veterans' benefits, among other forms of earned benefits, do not support a public charge determination. Unemployment compensation is also not considered for public charge purposes

And thanks everybody for the replies, you guys are right. We work, I work 32 hours a week or more in a well known company, pay taxes, pay rent....

I believe that keeping my name in our medical free health coverage will never be an issue with immigration even when it comes to naturalization then..

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Here is more information about public assistance/public charge

Not all public assistance are considered for public charge, mostly the cash benefits are considered..

check out the ''public charge'' fact sheet straight from the USCIS website

http://www.uscis.gov/news/fact-sheets/public-charge-fact-sheet

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