Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare'

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 4:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's another quirk in the federal health care law.

Here's the glitch: Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal overhaul could wind up in an awkward position on immigration:

Some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it.

It's the result of how last year's Supreme Court decision changed the Medicaid provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. Medicaid was complicated enough before the overhaul. The Supreme Court decision made it trickier.

Arizona officials called attention to the problem last week, when Republican Gov. Jan Brewer announced she would accept the law's Medicaid expansion. The Obama administration confirmed Arizona's interpretation.

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