State to help program recipients with proof of citizenship

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Vermont state officials say they’ll do everything they can to help recipients of Medicaid and other public assistance programs meet new federal rules on proof of citizenship and identity.

As of July first, beneficiaries of the public assistance programs nationwide have to prove their citizenship and their identities by providing a birth certificate, driver’s license or similar documents.

Joe Patrissi, deputy commissioner of the Department for Children and Families says that’s going to be a burden for a lot of people.

He also says to meet the federal requirements state workers will need to have face-to-face meetings with some 150,000 program beneficiaries.

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