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Public charge rule for immigrants finalized

The Trump administration has finalized the so-called public charge rule that will deny permanent residency to immigrants who use public benefits, including Medicaid, Section 8 housing vouchers and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but not Medicaid for youths younger than 21 and pregnant women, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and public benefits for legal immigrant children of US citizens. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other health care groups said that the rule, which will be effective Oct. 15, may reduce participation in health care programs, even in uncovered government programs, and increase health care costs.

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