White House will ease Medicaid proof of citizenship rule

In an effort to pre-empt a federal judge from ruling against them in a hearing scheduled for Friday, July 14, the White House announced on Friday that more than 8 million of the 55 million Medicaid recipients will be exempt from the proof of citizenship requirement.

For these 8 million, the exemption exists because they established their citizenship by applying for either Medicare or Supplemental Security Income. This exemption will cover many people with mental retardation who have never worked and to many nursing home residents.

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