In light of the public charge ruling on August 12, 2019, the good news is that WIC IS NOT CONSIDERED A PART OF PUBLIC CHARGE.
Please help spread the word that people can receive WIC benefits and NOT be considered a public charge. All qualifying families should continue participating in the WIC program.
Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), said following in response to the public charge ruling:
“.To the communities affected by this final rule, let me be clear: WIC’s clinic doors remain open. The final rule does not impose barriers on families for accessing WIC, or women from accessing Medicaid when they are pregnant or for 60 days after delivery. The final rule does not penalize families if their U.S.-citizen child is accessing benefits. We stand at your side, forever committed to our mission of delivering quality nutrition services and breastfeeding support for all families.”
Please call (888) 942- 2229 if you have questions about WIC. Visit www.helunahealth.org/news/legal-resources for immigration legal aid resources.