Issues in Developing Programs for Uninsured Children: A Resource Book for States. 3. Residency


States often institute residency requirements in order to prevent migration of uninsured persons from neighboring states. Programs employing residency requirements will usually require enrollees to be a resident of the state for some specified minimum period.

  • MinnesotaCare requires enrollees to have established residency for a minimum of six months before becoming eligible for MinnesotaCare. This applies only to adults without children. The Medicaid criteria apply to families with children.
  • Other states use residency requirements to prevent (or allow) illegal immigrant children to access their state program.
  • Washington requires applicants to reside in the state and have United States citizenship.
  • The CaliforniaKids program requires applicants to reside within the state, but it does not require enrollees to have already established legal residency in the United States.