Resources on the LIFT the BAR Act

You can help millions in immigrant families get the health care and basic services every family needs to thrive. Learn how and take action using the resources on this page — and then take action here.

For 25 years, an arcane policy known as the “five-year bar” has denied lawfully present immigrant families of color access to critical health and social services. Congress must act now to restore eligibility to federal public benefit programs that provide essential support to individuals and families. These programs are particularly crucial during times of economic and public health crises. The LIFT the BAR Act, led by by Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), restores access to programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP, by removing the five-year bar and other barriers that deny critical care and aid to people who are lawfully present.

This page includes resources about the LIFT the BAR Act. These resources have been created by the PIF coalition, close partners, and our allies. As you develop your own materials to meet your community’s needs, we encourage you to take inspiration from these great examples. If you have a resource you’d like to add to this page please email Lena O’Rourke (

Congressional Resources

Partner Materials & Resources