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House budget reconciliation would require proof of citizenship for Medicaid

If the House version of Budget Reconciliation passes, applicants for Medicaid would have to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, starting next July.

Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) added the language, saying that illegal aliens add $100 to $700 million to Georgia’s Medicaid expenditures. This means that legitimate beneficiaries are squeezed out as states confront mounting budget pressures.

Some state Medicaid directors say that the provision would discourage American citizens from enrolling or re-enrolling in Medicaid, and slow down the application process. David Parrella of Connecticut said the requirement would constitute a tremendous administrative burden.

The provision is not part of the Senate bill (Inside Washington, 11/17/05).

Additional information:

“Most states cutting Medicaid,” News of the Day 1/23/05

“The Medicaid Penny,” by Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., J Am Phys Surg, Spring 2005

“llegal Aliens and American Medicine,” by Madeleine Pelner Cosman, Ph.D., Esq., J Am Phys Surg, Spring 2005


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