Maybe now people will stop believing that thousands of illegal immigrants are receiving public assistance in Kansas. Unfortunately, dispelling the myth cost taxpayers millions of dollars and cost thousands of citizens their health insurance.
Kansas Medicaid director Andy Allison told state lawmakers this week that it cost the state $1 million to comply with new federal requirements that Medicaid recipients provide proof of citizenship, and that 20,000 eligible Kansans lost their health insurance because they had difficulty producing the required documentation. So how many illegal immigrants did the state catch in this crackdown? One.
Other states have had similar results. In fact, Kansas actually did better than Colorado, which spent $2 million and didn’t catch a single illegal immigrant seeking benefits.
“State taxpayers are picking up the dollars-and-cents costs of a failed federal policy,” complained Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence.