As of July 1, most Medicaid recipients who are American citizens will need to establish their citizenship and their identity to maintain eligibility, as a result of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Most Medicaid recipients will receive a letter at the time of their regular annual eligibility review informing them of these new requirements. From receipt of letter, members will have until 60 days after their review to present documents.
Members who do not provide proof of citizenship will not be recertified.
Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s Web site provides information on fulfilling the new requirements, including which documents will satisfy eligibility. To receive further assistance, members can contact their local Department of Human Services office.
The law is being implemented in Oklahoma by the OHCA and DHS. Medicaid recipients who are also on Medicare and children in foster care are exempt. This new requirement applies to the Medicaid program only and does not affect eligibility for any other public benefit. “Lauren Hopkins