Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrants in Various States

6/21 Federally funded Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is available to otherwise eligible “qualified” immigrants who entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996, and those who have held a “qualified” status for five years or longer. Refugees and other “humanitarian”? immigrants, veterans, active duty
military and their spouses and children, and certain other immigrants can get Medicaid or CHIP without a
five-year waiting period.
This table describes state policies for providing health coverage to additional groups of immigrants,
under federal options to cover lawfully residing children and pregnant women, regardless of their date of
entry into the U.S., or to provide prenatal care to women regardless of status, using CHIP funds. It also
describes immigrant coverage under programs using exclusively state funds.*