2004 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Howell
Medicaid for Qualified Aliens

Item 326 #33s

Item 326 #33s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2005 $1,400,000 FY2006 $1,400,000 GF
FY2005 $1,400,000 FY2006 $1,400,000 NGF

Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,057,098,577" and insert "$4,059,898,577".
Page 250, line 37, strike "$4,428,632,619" and insert "$4,431,432,619".
Page 264, line 47, insert:  
"BBB.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance Services to permit otherwise eligible "qualified" aliens who entered the United States after August 22, 1996 to receive Medicaid benefits after they have lived in the United States for five years."

(This amendment adds language that would allow certain "qualified" immigrants living in the U.S. for five years to qualify for Medicaid. Federal welfare reform legislation adopted in 1996 barred immigrants from public benefit programs for their first five years living in the U.S. Virginia is one of nine states that does not take advantage of a federal option to cover all "qualified" immigrants after the five-year ineligible period. The general fund dollars will be matched by federal Medicaid dollars and may offset state funding for indigent health care costs.)