Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 060173
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File Number: 060173 File Type: Resolution Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: OPPOSE LEGIS REQUIRING PASSPORT OR BIRTH CERT FOR MEDICAID Introduced: 1/23/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/15/2006
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO OPPOSE LEGISLATION REQUIRING MEDICAID APPLICANTS TO DOCUMENT THEIR U.S. CITIZENSHIP EITHER THROUGH A PASSPORT OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Indexes: MEDICAID FUNDS
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 2/15/2006 2D Withdrawn P
REPORT: The foregoing proposed resolution was withdrawn during consideration of changes to the day's agenda.

County Attorney 1/23/2006 Referred Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 2/15/2006

County Attorney 1/23/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 1/23/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO OPPOSE LEGISLATION REQUIRING MEDICAID APPLICANTS TO DOCUMENT THEIR U.S. CITIZENSHIP EITHER THROUGH A PASSPORT OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE

BODY
WHEREAS, language has been included in 2006 Deficit Reduction Act that would require all citizens applying or reapplying for Medicaid to produce either a passport or a birth certificate to prove they are U.S. citizens; and
WHEREAS, this provision includes no exceptions for any Medicaid applicant or beneficiary, including individuals who are affected by emergencies such as hurricanes; those with severe physical or mental impairments such as Alzheimer's disease, and the homeless; and
WHEREAS, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. predicts that requiring Medicaid applicants to produce either a passport or birth certificate will create significant enrollment barriers for millions of low-income citizens who meet all Medicaid eligibility requirements; and
WHEREAS, more than 2.5 million people apply or reapply for Medicaid in Florida each year and thus would be required to produce either a passport or a birth certificate to continue to receive Medicaid coverage; and
WHEREAS, many poor people do not have passports and do not have ready access to their birth certificates because they live far from the cities and towns where they were born; and
WHEREAS, the Center suggests that requiring either a passport or birth certificate could hit African-American communities particularly hard because a large number of African-American women, especially in the South, were unable to give birth in hospitals as a result of racial discrimination and never received birth certificates for their babies,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the U.S. Congress to oppose legislation that would require Medicaid applicants to document their U.S. citizenship either through a passport or birth certificate.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Miami-Dade County Congressional Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate against the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2006 Federal Legislative Package.



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