Hospitals Rail Against Medicaid Citizenship Law

Law360, New York (July 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As a new law requiring Medicaid recipients to prove U.S. citizenship continues to come under fire, several hospital trade groups across the nation are seeking to soften the blow on low-income individuals who may not be able to provide the required documentation to receive critical care.

U.S. citizenship or legal immigrant status is already a prerequisite for eligibility for Medicaid—the government's health insurance plan for the poor.

But in the past, documentary proof—like a birth certificate—has only been required when an applicant’s citizenship is in doubt....
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