Undocumented Aliens Receive Limited Medicaid Benefits

SEPTEMBER 1, 2003 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 9 Changes in federal Medicaid rules adopted in 1996 made most immigrants—including even legal permanent residents—ineligible for health care benefits. For immigrants in the country legitimately eligibility for Medicaid services is not available until they have been legal permanent residents for five years. Undocumented aliens, on the other hand,…

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