New Medicaid and Welfare Cases in Los Angeles County Drop Because Fewer Immigrants Apply

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New Medicaid and Welfare Cases in Los Angeles County Drop Because Fewer Immigrants Apply

July 1, 1998

Abstract

After welfare reform in 1996, California chose not to limit immigrants' eligibility to Medicaid and welfare. Even so, while newly approved cases for citizen-headed families held constant, they fell by half for immigrant families. Immigrants' confusion and fear about new laws and policies may account for the drop.

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