Government Softens Blow Of Medicaid Identity Law

Law360, New York (July 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Bush administration has issued regulations blunting the impact of a new law requiring Medicaid recipients to document their citizenship, in the wake of a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago last month that challenged the new law’s constitutionality and fairness.

While the applicable statute—Section 6036 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005—has not been changed, the government sent out regulations last Thursday encouraging a more liberal interpretation of the law.

The new regulations ease documentation requirements for about 8 million of the approximately 50 million Medicaid...
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