Medicaid enrollees will be asked to prove citizenship
Starting this week, recipients and applicants for such government services as Oregon Health Plan coverage and long-term elder care will have to prove their citizenship.
The requirement was imposed by Congress last year and takes effect Saturday.
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said Wednesday that while he is sympathetic to Congress' intent, carrying out the new requirement could prove costly and bureaucratic to the state and burdensome to Oregonians who are U.S. citizens.
When democrats start harping about things being "costly" and "bureaucratic" you know something is wrong. This is simply their initial argument against keeping illegal aliens from using social services that should be reserved for Oregonians. Next they will call the new mandate "racist."
...Kulongoski has instructed eligibility workers to help people track down their necessary documents, such as birth certificates, and to continue their benefits eligibility as long as they are actively searching for their citizenship proof, DHS spokesman Jim Sellers said.
Strangely, Kulongoski has not ordered the OLCC to mandate that bars/taverns provide alcohol to people as long as they are "actively searching" for their ID proving that they are 21.