How the New Welfare Reform Law Affects Medicaid

Brief

How the New Welfare Reform Law Affects Medicaid

Abstract

This policy brief discusses the four principal changes made to Medicaid eligibility by the welfare reform legislation: decoupling welfare and Medicaid eligibility; narrowing Medicaid eligibility for disabled children in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; terminating access to Medicaid for some legal immigrants; and barring most future legal immigrants from Medicaid.

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