2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Samirah
Medicaid Eligibility - Extend Age Limit for Immigrant Children (language only)

Item 313 #5h

Item 313 #5h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 145, after line 26, insert:

"The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance Services under Title XIX to change age limit for Medicaid eligibility for legally residing immigrant children from age 19 to age 21."


(This amendment adds funding and language to require the Department of Medical Assistance Services to increase the age that legally residing immigrant children can qualify for Medicaid from age 19 to age 21. The term "legally residing" includes any documented immigrant status, including valid visas. Currently, “legally residing” immigrant children in Virginia qualify for coverage up to their 19th birthdays. Federal law allows this optional coverage to continue up to age 21. Raising the age would protect continuity of care for these young people.)