Starting July 1, 2006, all Medicaid recipients will have to show their U.S. passports or birth certificates to obtain healthcare through their state Medicaid programs. The move is an attempt to eliminate illegal immigrants who are receiving health care paid for by the government. Many health analysts are afraid this requirement will negatively impact some citizens and render many eligible Medicaid recipients without coverage. In Particular, citizens with serious mental illness may not have kept the best records and may not be able to furnish the requisite documents in time to meet the deadline.
Although exceptions might be made, you should make sure that you or your loved ones have the required documentation so that you can continue your eligibility for Medicaid benefits.
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