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All Medicaid Enrollees Must Show Proof of Citizenship as of 7/1/06

All Medicaid Enrollees Must Show Proof of Citizenship as of 7/1/06

April 11, 2006

Good Scott Helman article in today's Globe on the new federal requirement as of July 1 for all Medicaid enrollees across the nation to show proof of citizenship to qualify for continuing benefits. Make no mistake, this will end up tossing off lots and lots of low-income citizens (many of whom are mentally ill, homeless, or in other dire circumstances) who are unable to get their act and papers together to meet this bureaucratic hurdle, and it will result in many eligible folks not getting enrolled.

I'm happy Massachusetts Office of Medicaid Director Beth Waldman suggests it's no big deal and won't be a problem. Let's work with her to make sure of it.