2007 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1650 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Brink
Medicaid for Qualified Aliens

Item 302 #11h

Item 302 #11h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2007 $0 FY2008 $1,400,000 GF
FY2007 $0 FY2008 $1,400,000 NGF

Page 313, line 30, strike "$5,433,850,896" and insert "$5,436,650,896".
Page 333, after line 25, insert:  
"PPP.  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.)