Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation reports that the S-CHIP bill still pending in Congress continues to provide loopholes to illegal aliens to obtain access to Medicaid and undermines welfare eligibility rules for legal immigrants.
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H.R. 3963 fails to adequately prevent abuse of taxpayer funds. It increases opportunities for illegal immigrants to obtain Medicaid benefits and for legal immigrants to enroll in SCHIP or Medicaid before living in the U.S. the requisite five years. As such, the legislation is a significant step backward in efforts to prevent welfare fraud. Members of Congress should go back to the drawing board and craft a reauthorization proposal that includes safeguards to protect taxpayers and to ensure that welfare payments go only to those who are legally eligible.
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