Identification Rules Relaxed - New Proof of Citizenship Documentation
July 10th 2006
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
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.