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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

"No Docs without Documents" Law Hurting Ohio's Health?

February 5, 2007

Low-income Ohioans are having trouble getting medical care, and some are saying it's because of a new federal Medicaid law that requires proof of citizenship. Ohio instituted the new rule in late September. Mary Wachtel of Voices for Ohio's Children says many families don't have their children's birth certificates or passports at hand.

"It has had has the very serious, unintended consequence of causing delays or in some cases flat-out denials of U.S. citizens from getting health care through Medicaid. Folks who are otherwise eligible for Medicaid are being delayed for Medicaid approval, or denied altogether."

Wachtel says the Ohio Medicaid rolls dropped by about 8,000 in the two months after the law was enacted, and a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found similar results in six other states. In addition, the report indicates the requirement is costing state governments more to administer Medicaid.

A U.S. Government Accounting Office review indicates the new requirement was unnecessary, but Wachtel says it snuck into a Congressional budget bill nonetheless.

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Rob Ferrett/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - OH