New Immigration Rules Cost State Up to $1M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Federal rules aimed at catching illegal immigrants have cost Kansas up to $1 million and caused thousands of eligible Kansans to lose their health insurance.

Despite the cost, the rules led to the arrest of only one illegal immigrant, officials said Wednesday.

The federal rules implemented July 1, 2006, require Medicaid recipients to provide proof of citizenship.

That produced a logjam of processing current recipients and new applicants. Kansas Medicaid director Andy Allison said 20,000 eligible Kansans lost health insurance. And the state had to spend about $1 million to hire more personnel.

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