More S-CHIP: With An Illegal Immigration Twist

I put up a few posts about the S-CHIP boondoggle back in October that you can read here, here, and here.

Well, they’re still plugging it. There’s an angle that relates to illegal immigrants. Michelle Malkin has the report from the Heritage Foundation. Here’s what the new S-CHIP bill does:

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 3963),passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives, significantly changes the law with respect to both legal and illegal immigrants. H.R. 3963 affects not only SCHIP but also the far larger general Medicaid program. Specifically, the SCHIP reauthorization bill:

  • weakens the evidentiary and document standards governing entry into the Medicaid program, thereby making it easier for illegal immigrants to fraudulently obtain benefits; and
  • overturns the limitations on immigrant use of Medicaid enacted in the 1996 welfare reform law by gutting the administrative procedures used to determine immigrant eligibility, thereby readily permitting immigrants to receive benefits for which they remain legally ineligible.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says this isn’t true. Look at their front page and see if you take their word for it.

If Heritage Foundation is right then this bill is music to the ears of this group.

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