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Medicaid Identification Rules Relaxed - New Proof of Citizenship Documentation Requirements Eased

July 10th 2006

Medicaid Identification Rules Relaxed - New Proof of Citizenship Documentation Requirements Eased

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New regulations have relaxed citizenship documentation requirements for about 8 million seniors and beneficiaries with disabilities, according to a report from UPI.  The Kaiser Network reports that “Consumer and patient advocates on Friday said they "welcomed" the new exemptions to Medicaid proof-of-citizenship rules announced last week but said more changes are needed to ensure millions of other beneficiaries do not lose coverage.”

This is after the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 took effect July 1st requiring Medicaid recipients seeking care to show proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate, passport or other form of identification.  This act was intended to ensure that illegal immigrants do not benefit from the Medicaid program.

 

On Friday, Medicare officials said the new regulation would not apply to seniors and disabled individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  The UPI report went on to indicate that cross-checking citizenship status with information already on file for food stamps and other programs could also exempt millions more.

Attorneys have also begun to challenge the Deficit Reduction Act provisions.  They have filed suit on behalf of the Medicaid beneficiaries who are not covered under the new exemptions.  The suit alleges that the document requirements are overly burdensome and could cause many to lose their coverage.

 

The suit should be resolved in the next few weeks.  The problem, according to the plaintiffs, is that many people do not have the documentation.  Disaster victims from Hurricane Katrina, homeless people and others may not be able to produce the documentation needed.   

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