N.J. Admin. Code § 10:72-3.2 - Citizenship

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) In order to be eligible for the Medicaid program, an individual must be a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an alien approved for temporary residence who can be classified as an eligible alien in accordance with this chapter.
1. The term "citizen of the United States" includes persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Swain's Island, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
2. An individual who cannot be classified as an eligible alien in accordance with this subchapter due to changes mandated by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 ( Public Law 104-193 ) but who was residing in a Medicaid-certified nursing facility prior to January 29, 1997, shall continue to be eligible for medical assistance until the individual is no longer eligible for long-term care services.
(b) The following aliens, if present in the United States prior to August 22, 1996, and if otherwise meeting the eligibility criteria, are entitled to full Medicaid benefits:
1. An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
2. A refugee admitted pursuant to section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
3. An asylee admitted pursuant to section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
4. An alien whose deportation has been withheld pursuant to section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
5. An alien who has been granted parole for at least one year by the Immigration and Naturalization Service pursuant to section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
6. An alien who has been granted conditional entry pursuant to section 203(a)(7) of the immigration law in effect prior to April 1, 1980;
7. An alien who is granted status as a Cuban or Haitian entrant as defined by section 501(e) of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980;
8. An American Indian born in Canada to whom the provisions of section 289 of the Immigration and Nationality Act apply;
9. A member of an Indian tribe as defined in section 4(e) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act;
10. An alien who is admitted to the United States as an Amerasian immigrant pursuant to section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1988;
11. An alien who is honorably discharged or who is on active duty in the United States Armed Forces and his or her spouse and the unmarried dependent children of the alien or spouse; and
12. Certain legal aliens who are victims of domestic violence and when there is a substantial connection between the battery or cruelty suffered by an alien and his or her need for Medicaid benefits, subject to certain conditions described below:
i. The alien has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by a spouse or a parent.
ii. The alien has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by a member of the spouse's or parent's family residing in the same household of the alien and the spouse or parent acquiesced to such battery or cruelty.
iii. The alien's child has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by the spouse or the parent of the alien (without the active participation of the alien in the battery or cruelty).
iv. The alien's child has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty in the United States by a member of the spouse's or parent's family residing in the same household as the alien and the spouse or parent acquiesced to and the alien did not actively take part in such battery or cruelty.
v. In addition to the conditions described in (b)12i through iv above, if the individual responsible for the battery or cruelty continues to reside in the same household as the individual who was subjected to such battery or cruelty, then the alien shall be ineligible for full Medicaid benefits.
vi. The county welfare agency shall apply the definitions "battery" and "extreme cruelty" and the standards for determining whether a substantial connection exists between the battery or cruelty and the need for Medicaid as issued by the Attorney General of the United States under his or her sole and unreviewable discretion, in accordance with 8 U.S.C. § 1641.
(c) The following aliens entering the United States on or after August 22, 1996, and if otherwise meeting the eligibility criteria, are entitled to Medicaid benefits:
1. An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence but only after having been present in the United States for five years;
2. A refugee admitted pursuant to section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
3. An asylee admitted pursuant to section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
4. An alien whose deportation has been withheld pursuant to section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
5. An alien who has been granted parole for at least one year by the Immigration and Naturalization Service pursuant to section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act but only after the alien has been present in the United States for five years;
6. An alien who has been granted conditional entry pursuant to section 203(a)(7) of the immigration law in effect prior to April 1, 1980, but only after the alien has been present in the United States for five years;
7. An alien who is granted status as a Cuban or Haitian entrant pursuant to section 501(e) of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980;
8. An American Indian born in Canada to whom the provisions of section 289 of the Immigration and Nationality Act apply;
9. A member of an Indian tribe as defined in section 4(e) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act;
10. An alien who is admitted to the United States as an Amerasian immigrant pursuant to section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1988;
11. An alien who is honorably discharged or who is on active duty with the United States Armed Forces and his or her spouse and the unmarried dependent children of the alien or spouse; and
12. Certain aliens who are victims of domestic violence as specified in (b)12 above, but only after the alien has been present in the United States for five years.
(d) Persons claiming to be citizens and eligible aliens shall provide the county welfare agency with documentation of citizenship or alien status.
(e) As a condition of eligibility, all applicants for Medicaid (except for those applying solely for services related to the treatment of an emergency medical condition) shall sign a declaration under penalty of perjury that they are a citizen of the United States or an alien in a satisfactory immigration status. In the case of a child or incompetent applicant, another individual on the applicant's behalf shall complete the same written declaration under penalty of perjury.
1. The following shall be acceptable documentation of United States citizenship:
i. A birth certificate;
ii. A religious record of birth recorded in the United States or its territories within three months of birth. The document must show either the date of birth or the individual's age at the time the record was created;
iii. A United States passport (not including limited passports which are issued for periods of less than five years);
iv. A Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the U.S. (Form FS-240);
v. A U.S. Citizen I.D. Card (INS Form-197), Naturalization Certificate (INS Form N-550 or N-570);
vi. A Certificate of Citizenship (INS Form N-560 or N-561);
vii. A Northern Mariana Identification Card (issued by the INS to a collectively naturalized citizen of the United States who was born in the United States before November 3, 1986);
viii. An American Indian Card with a classification code "KIC" (issued by the INS to identify U.S. citizen members of the Texas Band of Kickapoos); or
ix. A contemporaneous hospital record of birth in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico (on or after January 13, 1941), Guam (on or after April 10, 1899), the U.S. Virgin Islands (on or after January 17, 1917), American Samoa, Swain's Island, or the Northern Mariana Islands (unless the person was born to foreign diplomats residing in any of these jurisdictions).
2. If an applicant presents an expired INS document or is unable to present any document demonstrating his or her immigration status, the county welfare agency shall refer the applicant to the local INS district office to obtain evidence of status. If, however, the applicant provides an alien registration number, but no documentation, the county welfare agency shall file INS Form G-845 along with the alien registration number with the local INS district office to verify status.
3. The following sets forth acceptable documentation for eligible aliens:
i. Lawful Permanent Resident--INS Form I-551, or for recent arrivals, a temporary I-551 stamp in a foreign passport or on Form I-94.
ii. Refugee--INS Form I-94 annotated with stamp showing entry as refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and date of entry into the United States; INS Form I-688B annotated "274a. 12(a)(3)," I-766 annotated "A3," or I-571. Refugees usually adjust to Lawful Permanent Resident status after 12 months in the United States, but for purposes of determining Medicaid eligibility they are considered refugees. Refugees whose status has been adjusted will have INS Form I-551 annotated "RE-6," "RE-7," "RE-8," or "RE-9."
iii. Asylees--INS Form I-94 annotated with a stamp showing grant of asylum under section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a grant letter from the Asylum Office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Forms 688B annotated "274a. 12(a)(5)," or I-766 annotated "A5."
iv. Deportation Withheld--Order of an Immigration Judge showing deportation withheld under section 243(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the date of the grant, or INS Form I-688B annotated "274a. 12(a)(10)" or I-766 annotated "A10."
v. Parole for at Least a Year--INS Form I-94 annotated with stamp showing grant of parole under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and a date showing granting of parole for at least a year.
vi. Conditional Entry under Law in Effect before April 1, 1980--INS Form I-94 with stamp showing admission under section 203(a)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, refugee-conditional entry, or INS Forms I-688B annotated "274a. 12(a)(3)" or I-766 annotated "A3."
vii. Cuban Haitian Entrant--INS Form I-94 stamped "Cuban/Haitian Entrant under section 212(d)(5) of the INA."
viii. An American Indian born in Canada--INS Form I-551 with code S13 or an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (with code S13) in a Canadian passport or on Form I-94.
ix. A member of certain Federally recognized Indian tribes--a membership card or other tribal document showing membership in tribe is acceptable documentation.
x. Amerasian Immigrant--INS Form I-551 with the code AM1, AM2, or AM3 or passport stamped with an unexpired temporary I-551 showing a code AN6, AM7, or AM8.
4. For aliens subject to the five-year waiting period before eligibility for Medicaid can be established, the date of entry into the United States shall be determined as follows:
i. On INS Form I-94, the date of admission should be found on the refugee stamp. If missing, the county welfare agency should contact the INS local district office by filing Form G-845, attaching a copy of the document;
ii. If the alien presents INS Form I-688B (Employment Authorization Document), I-766, or I-571 (Refugee Travel Document), the county welfare agency shall ask the alien to present Form I-94. If that form is not available, the county welfare agency shall contact the INS via the submission of Form G-845, attaching a copy of the documentation presented;
iii. If the alien presents a grant letter or court order, the date of entry shall be derived from the date of the letter or court order. If missing, the county welfare agency shall contact the INS by submitting a Form G-845, attaching a copy of the document presented.
5. For aliens who present themselves as on active duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces, the following shall serve as documentation:
i. For discharge status, an original, or notarized copy of the veteran's discharge papers issued by the branch of service in which the applicant was a member;
ii. For active duty military status, an original, or notarized copy, of the applicant's current orders showing the individual is on full-time duty with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (full-time National Guard duty does not qualify), or a military identification card (DD Form 2 (active));
iii. A self declaration under penalty of perjury may be accepted pending receipt of acceptable documentation.

Notes

N.J. Admin. Code § 10:72-3.2
Amended by R.1999 d.253, effective 8/2/1999.
See: 31 N.J.R. 97(a), 31 N.J.R. 2203(b).
Rewrote the section.
Emergency amendment R.1999 d.254, effective 7/12/1999 (to expire September 10, 1999).
See: 31 N.J.R. 2252(a).
Added a new 2 in (a) and added new (b), (c), (d) and (e).
Adopted concurrent proposal, R.1999 d.345, effective 9/10/1999.
See: 31 N.J.R. 2252(a), 31 N.J.R. 2880(a).
Readopted provisions of R.1999 d.254 without change.

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