Medicaid Law Softened After Groups Sue: Lawyers

  1. CHICAGO (Reuters) Jul 10 - The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has scaled back a new law so that it exempts the elderly and the disabled from having to prove they are U.S. citizens to qualify for Medicaid health insurance, lawyers suing the government said on Friday.

    The law, which went into effect July 1, requires people to supply original documents like passports or birth certificates to receive Medicaid benefits. Some 55 million low-income people are covered by Medicaid.
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    I heard a discussion about this on the radio.

    The lawyer stated that many nursing home patients are unable to assist in getting a birth certificate or passport.
    Many older people were born at home and never got a birth certificate.
    Some have no involved family. They are obviously citizens who can remember the depression and so on.

    I hope this get worked out so they can be cared for with dignity.