Report: New York should be national model for new Medicaid law

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The government should look to New York as a model for implementing its new Medicaid law, a new Kaiser Commission study recommends.

New York, which already requires documentation of citizenship for Medicaid applicants, has developed sound rules and guidance, the report said. Based on New York's program, the report recommended guidance measures for the national law. They include: exempting citizens who are beneficiaries of Medicaid and SSI from documentation requirement and expanding the list of acceptable documents to include additional documents.

Meanwhile, Iowa is the latest state to say it plans to delay implementation of the law. It wants to delay enforcing the measure until Oct. 1 – three months after the official July start. California also said it plans to delay enforcement of the law. Nursing home providers have expressed concern that many residents may not be able to produce required documentation.