Millions May Lose Medicaid Coverage

May 14, 2007

The Deficit Reduction Act, recently signed into law by George Bush, includes a provision which mandates that all Medicaid recipients must produce a passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers or be denied coverage.

As a result of this law, due to go into effect on July 1, 2006, it is estimated that as many as 5 million American citizens, including 3 million children will be arbitrarily cut off Medicaid. This law, passed as part of the anti-immigrant hysteria being drummed up by the government, is a graphic example of how the government's racism undermines the rights of everyone.

Fifty-five million people currently receive Medicaid and data from national surveys indicate that as many as 5 million enrollees do not have either a birth certificate or passport readily available. Under the new law, Medicaid assistance will be withheld until such documents are verified, meaning that people with emergency health care needs will be put in special jeopardy.

Others sections of people who may experience great difficulties in obtaining a birth certificate or passport include: homeless people, people suffering from senility or other mental illnesses, people in nursing homes or severely disabled people, those affected by disasters like Hurricane Katrina who have lost their records, and people born outside of hospitals (which includes a large number of elderly African Americans born under segregation and denied hospital admission).