A Policy Perspective on the Deficit Reduction Act

This is a commentary in response to the Issue Brief: Deficit Reduction Act Citizenship Requirements through the Eyes of Covering Kids & Families® (CKF) grantees.

Medicaid eligibility rules are an expression of our elected officials’ determination of who deserves taxpayer-financed medical assistance. Once those rules are set, administrative processes and practices assure that only people who meet the eligibility standards are permitted to enroll. This aspect of program integrity—assuring that program funds are spent on people who are appropriately enrolled—is an important feature of any government program.