WIC is NOT a part of Public Charge

A federal court has ruled to protect millions of immigrant families from a new public charge regulation that would have gone into effect on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Using Medicaid, SNAP, & housing assistance won’t count against immigration applications processed in the United States. Everyone should remain in programs they are currently using.


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 on August 12, 2019:

“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.