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Understanding immigrants' eligibility for MassHealth & other subsidized coverage, February 2022

Vicky Pulos, MLRI

This  updated Feb. 2022 memo summarizes the current immigrant eligibility rules that MassHealth and the Health Connector use in making decisions about what kinds of coverage non-citizens with different kinds of status can receive The update reflects the 2021 federal law change adding a new category of Qualified Afghan parolees and other changes.  It includes Appendices listing different categories of immigrants eligible for different kinds of benefits under health program rules. Two tables summarize the information. It includes citations to state & federal regulations along with links to other resources. If you know a client's immigration status, use the Find function to see in which Appendix it is shown, then use the information about whether the status is Qualified, Qualified Barred, Non-Qualified Lawfully Present or PRUCOL in Table 2 to see what kinds of coverage the individual may be able to receive based on their immigration status and other factors shown on the Table.  


March & April 2022 TPS Update:

May 2022 Ukrainian Parole Update:

The President signed an emergency appropriation bill(link is external) for the situation in the Ukraine. It  provides that Ukrainians granted humanitarian parole  between February 24, 2022 and September 30, 2023; and certain family members who join them after Sept 30, 2023 will be eligible for the same benefits as refugees until their parole ends.

Se[t 2022 Ukrainian Parole Updated MassHealth El Ops Memo 22-11

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