Impact of Medicaid rules on care for immigrant newborns debated

11/3/2006 | Philadelphia Inquirer, The

Recent changes to Medicaid laws could cause the refusal of health care to babies born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, some health groups claim. Babies born in the U.S. automatically become U.S. citizens and past policy dictated states provide a full year of eligibility for Medicaid, but new rules require mothers to apply for Medicaid on behalf of their newborns. CMS says there have been no instances reported where the agency has denied care to a baby under Medicaid.

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