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November 17, 2007

Federal Medicaid Rules Aimed at Weeding Out Undocumented Actually Bar Many U.S. Citizens from Health Care

Policy Spotlight

According to a new report by the Oregon Department of Human Services, new federal rules that require Oregon to verify the identity and citizenship of individuals applying for Medicaid-funded programs have barred over 1,000 Oregonians, mostly children and citizens, from getting health care.

“The new rules were imposed in a misguided attempt to keep non-citizens from receiving health care benefits for which they are not eligible. Ironically, the primary impact has been to keep citizens from receiving health care benefits for which they are eligible,” said Janet Bauer, a policy analyst at the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Bauer noted that 91 percent of denied individuals reside in households where English is the primary language.

The report also shows that children have been disproportionately harmed by the new provisions. The state study found that nearly two-thirds of those who were denied health services were children. “The federal rules have backfired in Oregon and kids are getting the brunt of it,” said Bauer.

The complete report is available on the Oregon Department of Human Services website at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/citizenship/report0705.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 17, 2007 07:24 PM

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