Advocates Want to Know: Why Were 3,800 Texas Medicaid Applicants Denied Benefits in First 3 Months of New Federal Policy?

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Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102

December 1, 2006

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Since July 2006, the federal government requires that states make U.S. citizens prove their status in order to receive Medicaid. Three months later, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) data reveal that nearly 3,800 applicants—two-thirds of them children—have been denied Texas Medicaid strictly for lack of citizenship documentation.