Missouri Appeals Court Affirms Denial Of Medicaid Benefits To Legal Alien

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Western District Missouri Court of Appeals, Division Two, on Dec. 4 affirmed a trial court ruling denying Medicaid coverage for kidney dialysis treatment to a "legal alien." The appeals court concluded that while a legal alien may receive Medicaid benefits after living in the country for five years or more, or for seeking emergency treatment, the plaintiff had resided in the United States for only three years and her condition was not considered an emergency under state and federal law (Bertha Cruz v. Mo. Department of Social Services,  No. WD74667, Mo. App., Western Dist., Div. 2; 2012 Mo. App. LEXIS 1537).

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