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Medicaid for Immigrants who are Not Permanent Residents -- PRUCOL Status and Procedure

June 30, 2011

Many people mistakenly think an immigrant must have a "green card" (formally called a "lawful permanent resident" ) or be a refugee,  in order to be eligible for Medicaid.   This is not true, at least not in New York State.  Thanks to the New York State Constitution and a 2001 decision of New York's highest court in a case called Aliessa v. Novello,  many (but not all)  immigrants who do not have "green cards" are eligible for Medicaid in New York State.  Their Medicaid is paid for by the State exclusively, without any federal contribution -- but that does not affect the immigrant.  The Medicaid they have is the same

The article is part of New York Health Access website.  NY Health Access is a website created and maintained by Empire Justice, Self-Help, Inc., and the Legal Aid Society of New York City.  The site has proved extremely helpful to advocates across the state and is enjoying over 10,000 visits a day since its launch at the end of 2009.


 

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