New Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Requirement Is Taking A Toll: States Report Enrollment Is Down and Administrative Costs Are Up


Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Donna Cohen Ross

Research Area: Health

Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget; Economic inequality; Citizenship

Type: Report


A recent federal requirement that U.S. citizens document their citizenship status when they apply for or renew their Medicaid coverage is reducing Medicaid enrollment, particularly among low-income children, and raising state administrative costs, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.