New Law Pushes Millions Off Medicaid

New federal rules that require Medicaid recipients to prove their citizenship could push huge numbers of beneficiaries off state programs for the poor and disabled and into the ranks of the uninsured, health advocates warn. The law is designed to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving full Medicaid benefits.

The rules, approved in February and set to go into effect July 1, could have especially severe consequences in California, where 6.8 million people are enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.

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