Legal Immigrants Could Have Medicaid Benefits Reinstated Soon

Immigrants living in Colorado legally will likely soon be eligible for Medicaid again. Two years ago, state lawmakers cut legal immigrants from the health care program because of the budget crisis. Now, both the Colorado House and Senate have approved a bill reinstating Medicaid benefits for what the bill calls, “qualified aliens.”

It includes prenatal and labor–and–delivery services for pregnant women. In those cases, it allows state general funds to be used to reimburse such care, If no federal funds are available.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, opponents say the bill is moving too fast and requires money that has not yet been collected, but supporters say it sends a message to immigrants. That message is people who come to this country legally are treated better than those who break the law.

Governor Bill Owens is expected to sign the bill into law.

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