Friday, November 03, 2006

Children born in the United States to illegal immigrants will no longer be automatically entitled to health insurance through Medicaid

Robert Pear:

Doctors and hospitals said the policy change would make it more difficult for such infants, who are United States citizens, to obtain health care needed in the first year of life.

Undocumented immigrants are generally barred from Medicaid, but can get coverage for treatment of emergency medical conditions, including labor and delivery. In the past, once a woman received emergency care under Medicaid for the birth of a baby, the child was deemed eligible for coverage as well, and states had to cover them for one year from the date of birth.

Under the new policy, an application must be filed for the child, and the parents must provide documents to prove the child’s citizenship.

The documentation requirements took effect in July, but some states have been slow to enforce them, and many doctors are only now becoming aware of the effects on newborns.

Obtaining such documents can take weeks or months in some states, doctors said. Moreover, they added, illegal immigrant parents may be reluctant to go to a state welfare office to file applications because they fear contact with government agencies that could report their presence to immigration authorities.

Administration officials said the change was necessary under their reading of a new law, the Deficit Reduction Act, signed by President Bush in February. The law did not mention newborns, but generally tightened Medicaid documentation requirements because some lawmakers were concerned that immigrants were fraudulently claiming United States citizenship to get Medicaid.

Marilyn E. Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Medicaid program, said: “The federal government told us we have no latitude. All states must change their policies and practices. We will not be able to cover any services for the newborn until a Medicaid application is filed. That could be days, weeks or months after the child is born.”

About four million babies are born in the United States each year, and Medicaid pays for more than one-third of all births. The number involving illegal immigrant parents is not known, but is likely to be in the tens of thousands, health experts said.

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At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cannot be true. I simply don't believe it. But deep down, I am hoping that somebody in the Federal gov't did the right thing.

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

finally, it's good to hear some tiny step is(very minimal steps) taking into federal laws to avoid wasting the tax money on this "extreme measures of child birth rate" in the u.s. by the illegal immigrants. don't blame them to take advantage of our glrious, heavenly free social service was provided to anyone regarless of legal status. not only it was promoted by catholic religion background, the democratic attitude of free service enhance their behavior so much over the years. if we made the mistake being "nice guys", it's gotta be stop at some point to stop whom those take abuse of it. it is so outraged scenery to see a very young couple holding a string of children & couple of them in the carriage, also. and it is so common scene around l.a. areas. thanks to the democratic social support, they even getting paid not only child birth medical expense, they also getting paid living expenses for each child is born. "what a heaven!" right there, their whole purpose of having a child on and on. they're making "child making" carrier. who wouldn't..? if we keep on taking care of them & support for their behaviors, they'll not only stop, but also not slow down. it has been maddening to think about it when u heard about the facts. so i am glad to hear, & welcome of any small measure of new attitude of free baby maker buster policy. baby should be only come when the two parents are ready & capable to take care of them in financial responsibility. otherwise, its a huge burdens for the rest of the u.s.citizens and it's not ethical.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Ronnysgirl said...

It's time we got even tougher!
I hate to seem heartless but come on, we are the ones that have to pay for it all!

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Finn said...

The Republicans must be really scared of losing the election to be finally doing something right on this issue. Let us hope that they don't backpedal after the election.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"likely to be in the tens of thousands, health experts said." This statement is inaccurate only in that it should say, hundreds of thousands.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymouys who thinks this is a good idea:

Are you forgetting about the millions of actual US citizens that take advantage of the "heavenly" social services you refer to, and I'm not talking about the folks that normally work but have fallen on hard times. I'm talking about the lazy, worthless citizens-born and raised right here in the US, that have barely worked a day in their life and never paid taxes. They get pregnant at a young age, get on welfare (full welfare-madicaid, food stamps and monthly stipend) and never get off. Is it ok for them to waste our tax dollars simply because they were born here?

At least these immigrants, illegal and legal, are here to work and they work damn hard-doing the jobs most of us Americans turn our noses up at. I think they deserve something for it.

Additionally-you have no idea what you are talking about. Only legal US residents (and mostly actual US citizens-not even many green card holders) are eligible for social service benefits. It is the US born children that are eligible, and mostly for medicaid and food stamps-not even a stipend.

You actually believe that these poor people's only purpose is to come here and make babies so they can collect social services? Your comments are so ignorant they sadden as well as anger me, especially given your poor use of english grammar. I'm betting you are not born in this country either. If you were then you certainly haven't taken good advantage of the "heavenly" school system that teaches english.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend who has a sister in law that came to the States (NY) last year just to gave a birth. So she can get the benefits of free labor expenses and also got a U.S citizenship. And I heard she'll be visiting again this year to give birth of her second child. Her husband is a wealthy dentist from a country in Southeast Asia, so she can afford to pay the labor expenses!! The other hand, US citizen who pays taxes and has low income. They need to pay health insurance for those benefits that temporary visitors or illegal immigrants receive for free althought they do not pay taxes at all!!!!

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont believe. Never will happen in Massachusetts.


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