1997 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Conference Report)

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Gov-Medicaid for Legal Aliens (language only)

Item 322 #14c

Item 322 #14c

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 229, after line 50, insert:
"R.1. The following is the policy of the Commonwealth with respect to aliens in accordance with §411(d) of Public Law 104-193.
2. Through June 30, 1997, alien coverage under the State Plan for Medical Assistance will remain as it was on August 21, 1996.  Beginning on July 1, 1997, the State Plan for Medical Assistance will include all optional groups of aliens as permitted under Public Law 104-193 who arrived in the United States prior to August 22, 1996.  All aliens who arrived in the United States on or after August 22, 1996, shall be eligible after June 30, 1997, only for services mandated by Public Law 104-193.
3.  All aliens receiving Medicaid and residing in long-term institutional facilities or participating in home and community-based waivers on June 30, 1997, who are eligible for full Medicaid benefits on June 30, 1997, will continue to be eligible for full Medicaid benefits after June 30, 1997, at state expense if federal financial participation is not available.
4.  The Department shall promulgate regulations to be effective July 1, 1997, to implement the foregoing policy."

(This amendment provides for the continuation of full Medicaid benefits for aliens who resided in the Commonwealth on the date Congress passed the new immigration requirements. It will further protect the most frail and vulnerable among aliens, who were residing in the state on the date the bill was passed but who will no longer qualify to receive federal public benefits.)