National Immigration Law Center
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Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

Health Care and Public Benefits


In an era of budget cuts at the local, state, and federal levels, protecting our societal safety net and ensuring affordable access to quality health care for everyone is more critical now than ever before. NILC works to prevent immigrant families from being excluded from vital health care and safety-net programs, promotes policies that enhance fundamental safety-net protections for all those living in the United States.

Health Care
Information about the Affordable Care Act of 2010, immigrant children's health, health programs for immigrants, and other resources.

Access to Public Benefits
Information about eligibility and other rules governing immigrants’ access to federal and state public benefits programs.

Food and Nutrition Programs
Information about SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Progrom), and state nutritional assistance programs.

Programs for Immigrants in California
Information about major benefits programs, the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants, benefits for victims of trafficking and domestic violence, and other resources.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Information about TANF, a federal block grant program that provides funds to states to assist families in need.

Other Resources

Verification & Reporting
Information related to benefits eligibility verification and reporting-related issues.

Language Access
Guidelines, requirements regarding meaningful access (to programs and benefits) for people with limited English proficiency.