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Medicaid Coverage of Emergency Medical Conditions

By Jane Perkins

Medical facilities that provide emergency services to noncitizens are reimbursed through the emergency Medicaid program, and the federal Medicaid Act defines the term "emergency medical condition." Despite years of regulatory and judicial interpretation of this definition, coverage questions persist in the areas of residency requirements, requests for verification of eligibility, coverage of pregnancy-related services, duration of emergency medical conditions, and relief for disproportionate providers.

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