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Is wife eligible for Medicaid for pregnancy ?

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Hi All,

 

Happy to say we finished our CR-1 in 11 months and my wife now has green card 😁

 

And even better news, she is now pregnant and I am wondering our options. We both have low incomes (for NYC standards) and we used my brother as a sponsor.  As independent contractors private insurance would leave us with nothing. I currently use NY state Medicaid with a low monthly payment and I am wondering if she can also utilize NY state Medicaid or go on mine? Or will this only flag us because we used a financial sponsor? Anyone have any experience or knowledge in this department ? Thanks in advance. 

 

Kindly

 

Beam

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Medicaid eligibility within the first 5 years of becoming an LPR varies by state. I believe NY permits it.

https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/publications/docs/gis/08ma009att.pdf

" Qualified Aliens who are Eligible for State Medicaid until becoming Eligible for Federal Medicaid after a Five Year Waiting Period: Qualified aliens listed below, who entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996, are eligible for federal Medicaid, if otherwise eligible. However, qualified aliens in these four categories who entered the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996, are subject to the federal five year ban. This means that they are not eligible for federally funded Medicaid until they have resided in the U.S. for five years in a qualified alien status. Until becoming eligible for federally funded Medicaid, these qualified aliens are eligible for State funded Medicaid coverage of all medically necessary care and services, if they meet the program’s other eligibility requirements. Districts must enter the appropriate State/federal charge codes to assure proper claiming of federal and State shares. For these individuals the date they physically entered the U.S. will determine whether or not Federal Financial Participation (FFP) is available. This date is called the “Date Entered Country” (DEC). During their first five years in the U.S the cost of their Medicaid coverage will be born solely by State and local shares (50% State/50% local). Once a qualified alien in this group has resided in the United States as a qualified alien for a period of five years, FFP will become available. This means the federal government will pay a share of their Medicaid costs. "


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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

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9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

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5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Illis411 said:

Yes I believe Medicaid in New York is NOT federally funded. Because we used joint sponsor just not sure if that would be grounds for “assistance” and my bro would get hit with a large bill !!

Medicaid in every state is federally funded. Medicaid is a joint state + local / federal program.

 

Per the document linked above, within the first 5 years they will use state & local funds for coverage. After the 5 years they would begin using federal funds that become accessible.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Illis411 said:

Yes I believe Medicaid in New York is NOT federally funded. Because we used joint sponsor just not sure if that would be grounds for “assistance” and my bro would get hit with a large bill !!

Medicaid are joint federal/state programs.  Completely federally funded.  However, for certain groups, CA funds them separately so they can get Medicaid.  

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12 hours ago, geowrian said:

Medicaid in every state is federally funded. Medicaid is a joint state + local / federal program.

 

Per the document linked above, within the first 5 years they will use state & local funds for coverage. After the 5 years they would begin using federal funds that become accessible.

Ok thank you for clearing that up. But I still am confused.  If we used a joint sponsor though would that be considered “public assistance” if we used Medicaid within that first five years? According to that doc it seems like no, but federal website mentions Medicaid being unavailable to those that use a joint sponsor. So this is an exception by NY state? Does New York just keep this information and therefore is separate from anyone at immigration ?   Hope  that’s not too confusing. Appreciate all comments😊

 

thanks

 

beam

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20 minutes ago, Illis411 said:

Ok thank you for clearing that up. But I still am confused.  If we used a joint sponsor though would that be considered “public assistance” if we used Medicaid within that first five years? According to that doc it seems like no, but federal website mentions Medicaid being unavailable to those that use a joint sponsor. So this is an exception by NY state? Does New York just keep this information and therefore is separate from anyone at immigration ?   Hope  that’s not too confusing. Appreciate all comments😊

The issue is a 5 year bar on federal funds. NY Medicaid does not use federal funds for immigrants in their first 5 years. There's nothing to repay as no federal funds are being used.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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