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This program is open to immigrants who have experienced a medical emergency and who meet the requirements for Medicaid eligibility except for their immigration status.

With New Jersey residency established, this includes, but is not limited to those individuals who:

  • Have no documentation from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS); or
  • Are non-immigrants (students, temporary workers, or children of a worker or visitor on business); or
  • Are a qualified alien who is subject to the 5-year bar* on Medicaid, such as lawful permanent residents, aliens granted parole for at least one year, and certain victims of domestic violence. (This 5-year bar does not apply to children and pregnant women.)

*There is a mandatory ban on Medicaid eligibility for immigrants who are qualified aliens admitted to the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996. The ban is in effect for the first five years they are in the U.S. in that status, unless the individual is a member of one of the excepted groups, such as refugees, asylees, and others.

An application must be made after the emergency but within three months of the date of the emergency for that emergency to be covered by this program

To qualify for the program:

  • a person must inform staff at the hospital in which they are being treated that they wish to apply. A hospital representative may take the application there or refer the person to their local County Welfare Agency. It is important to follow up with the County Welfare Agency.
  • If the emergency involved labor and delivery services not performed in a hospital, the applicant may apply at the County Welfare Agency and must have bills for all charges.
  • If scheduling an application interview at the County Welfare Agency, explain that you wish to speak to someone about the Medical Emergency Payment Program for Aliens.
For additional information, consult the Medical Emergency Payment Program for Aliens Fact Sheet

or call 1-800-356-1561.

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