Friday, September 3, 2010
NEW JERSEY SUED FOR CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS IN DENYING IMMIGRANT PARENTS ACCESS TO STATE-FUNDED MEDICAID
New Jersey is being sued over a new state policy that denies Medicaid benefits to certain groups of legal immigrants. Lawyers for Seton Hall University Law School and the firm Gibbons P.C. filed an amendment yesterday to a class action suit filed in June on behalf of the estimated 12,000 lawful permanent residents allegedly eligible for FamilyCare, a public health program for the poor. New rules for the program require immigrants who are parents or guardians to have been LPRs for five years to be eligible. Pregnant women and children are exempt from the new regulations. For the AP story, click here. For the Seton Hall press release, click here.