On October 10, 2018 USCIS sent out a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which would change the way in which USCIS defines and determines whether someone is a public charge. The proposed rule has been published to the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period when anyone from the public may comment on how DHS should administer this proposed rule. After the 60-day period, DHS will weigh the comment and then publish a final rule in the Federal Register along with the date it will go into effect. Some of the new benefits that are being proposed to the list used to consider if an applicant is a Public Charge include: Non-emergency Medicaid (with some exceptions, including foreign born children of US citizens), SNAP, Premium and cost-sharing subsidies within Medicaid D and Housing programs. It is yet to be determined if the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will be added to the list. For more information on Public Charge law, and the changes proposed by USCIS, please refer to the “Family Immigration” section.