S. 1504 (112th): Medicaid Restoration for Citizens of Freely Associated States Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Aug 02, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1504

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 2, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Inouye, and Mr. Bingaman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To restore Medicaid eligibility for citizens of the Freely Associated States.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicaid Restoration for Citizens of Freely Associated States Act of 2011.

2.

Medicaid eligibility for citizens of Freely Associated States

(a)

In general

Section 402(b)(2) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1612(b)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(G)

Medicaid exception for citizens of Freely Associated States

With respect to eligibility for benefits for the program defined in paragraph (3)(C) (relating to medicaid), paragraph (1) shall not apply to any individual who lawfully resides in the United States (including territories and possessions of the United States) in accordance with—

(i)

section 141 of the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, approved by Congress in the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003;

(ii)

section 141 of the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, approved by Congress in the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003; or

(iii)

section 141 of the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States and the Government of Palau, approved by Congress in Public Law 99–658 (100 Stat. 3672).

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(b)

Exception to 5-Year limited eligibility

Section 403(d) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1613(d)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

an individual described in section 402(b)(2)(G), but only with respect to the designated Federal program defined in section 402(b)(3)(C).

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(c)

Definition of qualified alien

Section 431(b) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1641(b)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (6), by striking or at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (7), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(8)

an individual who lawfully resides in the United States (including territories and possessions of the United States) in accordance with a Compact of Free Association referred to in section 402(b)(2)(G).

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(d)

Conforming amendments

Section 1108 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1308) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (f), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking subsection (g) and inserting subsections (g) and (h); and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(h)

The limitations of subsections (f) and (g) shall not apply with respect to medical assistance provided to an individual described in section 431(b)(8) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

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(e)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section take effect on the date of enactment of this Act and apply to benefits for items and services furnished on or after that date.