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Using Existing Databases to Meet the New Medi-Cal Citizenship Documentation Requirement in the Deficit Reduction Act: Ex Parte Options for California

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Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher(s): Children's Partnership

Author(s): Dawn Horner; Beth Morrow

Topic: Health (Health services for children)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Deficit Reducation Act; California immigration; immigrant health care

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


The Deficit Reducation Act requires states, beginning July 1, 2006, to ask citizens or nationals applying for and renewing Medicaid to provide documentation of their immigration status. This issue brief from The Children's Partnership illustrates how California can use ex parte methods to access this documentation. Three specific databases are addressed: public program databases, Social Security Administration databases, and vital statistic databases.