Is there a citizenship requirement for Medicaid?

Yes, you must be a US citizen or a resident alien in order to receive Medicaid.

Under a federal requirement that took effect from July 1, 2006, most United States citizens applying for Medicaid or renewing their coverage will be required to prove their citizenship by submitting a passport or a combination of their ID and a birth certificate.

This requirement was put in place to prevent illegal immigrants from fraudulently enrolling in Medicaid.

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