(a) Whereas, in the state of Rhode Island there are many persons who do not have sufficient
income and resources to meet the cost of medical care and who, except for income and
resource requirements, would be eligible for aid or assistance under § 40-5.1-9 or § 40-6-27; and
(b) Whereas, it is in the best interest of all the citizens of this state to promote
the welfare of persons with the characteristics of persons eligible to receive public
assistance and ensure that they will receive adequate medical care and treatment in
time of need;
(c) Now, therefore, it is declared to be the policy of this state to provide medical
assistance for those persons in this state who possess the characteristics of persons
receiving public assistance under the provisions of § 40-5.1-9 or § 40-6-27, and who do not have the income and resources to provide it for themselves or who
can do so only at great financial sacrifice. Provided, further, that the medical assistance must qualify for federal financial
participation pursuant to the provisions of Title XIX of the federal Social Security
Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., as such provisions apply to medically needy only applicants and recipients.
(d) Medical assistance shall be provided under this chapter without regard to the
availability of federal financial participation: (1) to a person who does not meet
the citizenship or alienage criteria under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and who was lawfully residing in the United States before August 22, 1996, and who
was a resident of this state prior to July 1, 1997; and provided, however, that the
person meets all other eligibility requirements under this chapter or under Title
XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security Act.
(e) Medical assistance shall also be provided under this chapter to a non citizen
child who was lawfully admitted for permanent residence on or after August 22, 1996,
or who first becomes otherwise entitled to reside in the United States on or after
August 22, 1996; provided, however, that the person meets all other eligibility requirements
under this chapter or under Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security Act.
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