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Access to Medicaid

This section contains articles, policy advocacy, trainings, and other resources addressing the eligibility of immigrants for Medicaid. Empire Justice’s Albany Office deals primarily with these issues though the Rochester and Long Island offices handle individual cases of immigrants seeking to access public benefits, primarily Medicaid.

ARTICLES

Language Access Denied: LILAC Releases Report Detailing Failed Implementation of Nassau County Executive Orders
It’s been two years since Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano signed Executive Orders 67 & 72, promising interpretation and translation at Nassau County Agencies, yet little progress has been made. Read More

Public Benefit Eligibility of Deferred Action "Dreamers"
Residents of New York State who have been granted deferred action under the Obama Administration’s newly established “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program will be eligible for all New York State public benefits, provided they meet the benefit program’s non-immigrant related eligibility requirements. Read More

Medicaid Alerts --published by the Medical Insurance and Community Services Administration (MICSA) of New York City's Department of Human Resources (HRA)
HRA MICSA Alerts are periodic announcements of policy, staff and office changes published by the Medical Insurance and Community Services Administration (MICSA). MICSA is the part of New York City’s Human Resource Administration (HRA) that administers HRA’s medically- related programs such as the Medical Assistance Program (MAP). MAP determines which New Yorkers are eligible for Medicaid and Family Health Plus. MICSA also administers the Home Care Services Program (HCSP). Read More

Medicaid Alerts --published by the Medical Insurance and Community Services Administration (MICSA) of New York City's Department of Human Resources (HRA)
HRA MICSA Alerts are periodic announcements of policy, staff and office changes published by the Medical Insurance and Community Services Administration (MICSA). MICSA is the part of New York City’s Human Resource Administration (HRA) that administers HRA’s medically- related programs such as the Medical Assistance Program (MAP). MAP determines which New Yorkers are eligible for Medicaid and Family Health Plus. MICSA also administers the Home Care Services Program (HCSP). HCSP CASA's administer NYC'S home care programs for Medicaid eligible elderly and disabled New Yorkers. Read More


Access to Medicaid: Articles



IN THE NEWS

Protesters say county fails on promise to provide interpreters
Nassau County agencies and its police department are failing to provide interpreters to immigrant constituents two years after adopting language-access policies guaranteeing better access, advocates and residents said at a protest Tuesday in Garden City. Read More

Immigrants to Mangano, county agencies: Speak our languages
Members of the language-advocacy coalition pressed the administration to deliver on executive orders 67 and 72 from 2013, in which Mangano required departments to translate vital documents into six languages other than English and provide "competent interpretation services." Read More




POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Testimony: The New York Health Benefit Exchange: The Impact on Immigrants and their Families
The intersection between immigration status and noncitizen eligibility for public benefits, including medical assistance, has been a major focus of Empire Justice Center’s work ever since the enactment of the 1996 federal welfare reform legislation, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), a law which established a complicated system for controlling noncitizens access to federal and state funded benefits. Read More

Empire Justice Center Human Services Testimony 2007
Testimony regarding human services in the 2007-2008 executive budget. Read More




PUBLICATIONS

Immigrant Eligibility Handbook
The rules governing the eligibility of individuals who are not citizens of the United States for federal or state public benefits, including medical assistance, are complicated. They are also subject to change. This manual addresses the immigrant eligibility rules of the various health care programs in New York as they existed in December of 2008. Read More

 



NEWSLETTERS

Legal Services Journal - Spring 2010 Issue
This issue of the Legal Services Journal contains articles on Consumer and Community Development, Immigration, Public Benefits and Disability Benefits. Read More




TRAINING AND EVENTS

Immigration Status & Public Benefits Eligibility
This is a training on immigration status as an eligibility requirement in various federal and state public benefits programs. The main focus of the session will be on the immigrant eligibility rules in means tested benefit programs, specifically the Family and Safety Net Assistance Programs, the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI), Food Stamps and Medicaid. In addition to the program rules, we will cover the immigrant documentation requirements of the benefits agencies and some special issues that arise in the context of immigrant use of benefits programs, including public charge, sponsor liability and reporting. Read More