Many States Do Not Verify Citizenship of Medicaid Applicants, HHS OIG Report Says, USA
Most states do not perform audits to determine the citizenship status of residents who seek Medicaid enrollment, according to a report recently released by the... HHS Office of Inspector General, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports.
One state, Oregon, has performed an audit to determine how many noncitizens seek Medicaid enrollment. According to the audit, 25 Medicaid applicants in a sample population of 812 did not have citizenship. Oregon officials estimated that the state would have to pay an additional $2 million in the event that 1% of Medicaid beneficiaries did not have citizenship. Jodi Nudelman, an acting regional inspector for HHS, said, "The quality-assurance checks aren't there. That's how we see it." She added, "And it's our sense the people may not be aware of that."
I'm not sure why they used the 1% number of $2 million. The sample group of 812 had 25 illegal aliens, that's 3%. Does that mean we are currently paying out an extra $6 million for illegal aliens to come here and enjoy the best medical care in the world... absolutely free?
One of my truisms is that a wall with Mexico, while a good idea, isn't even neccessary. As soon as we stop giving them the goodies, the freebies, the ID cards, and the employment they will stop coming here.
The United States, and Oregon in particular, are like the Field of Dreams: (soft, echo voice) "If you give them welfare, they will come."