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Citizenship and immigration status general requirements
December 15, 2014
Purpose: To provide information on how an applicant's immigration status affects their eligibility for health care coverage, including nonemergency Medicaid and the state children’s health insurance program (CHIP).
- When working or reviewing an individual’s case, it is important to enter an applicant’s immigration status correctly. If you enter the immigration status incorrectly, it can improperly increase the agency’s costs.
- For example, if an applicant is a “Nonqualified Alien”, the applicant’s immigration status should never be entered as “Not Lawfully Present” (in Healthplanfinder) or “Undocumented” (in ACES).
- If working a Classic Medicaid case in ACES, gather all the information necessary to determine eligibility as described in WAC 182-503-0535. Document immigration status, date of entry, armed service/veteran status, work quarters (if applicable), and SSN information in the system. Inform any individual who is subject to the five-year bar of the expiration date of their five-year bar and of the need to inform the agency if family members become citizens (including parents who have children under 18). See ACES Manual for more information.
- For immigrants who have applied for Classic Medicaid and who have an Affidavit of Support form (I-864) filled out on their behalf, be sure to determine work quarters and immigration status. If the affidavit is still in effect: