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August 05, 2007

GAO & Congressional Oversight Committee Study Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Requirements

On July 24, 2007, House Oversight Committee Chairman Waxman (D-CA) released two new analyses that examine the impact of Medicaid citizenship documentation requirements effective since 2006. A GAO analysis shows that the onerous requirements have caused tens of thousands of eligible U.S. citizens to lose their Medicaid coverage, and a report by the Committee’s majority staff shows that no taxpayer savings can be attributed to the new requirements. The staff report also shows that implementation costs far outweigh any expenditure savings generated by excluding undocumented immigrants from Medicaid coverage. For every $100 spent by federal taxpayers to implement the new requirements in six states, the staff report found, only 14 cents in Medicaid savings can be documented.

The GAO analysis and majority staff report are both available on the House Oversight Committee's webpage;


Posted by VisaLawyer at August 5, 2007 03:03 PM


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