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PRUCOLPermanently Residing in the US Under Color of Law
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However, in 1973, the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation that required state Medicaid agencies to provide Medicaid to immigrants with LPR and PRUCOL status and that precluded federal Medicaid expenditures for the care of undocumented immigrants.
Through PRUCOL status, "an immigrant whose status was ambiguous, under consideration, or even clearly irregular, could be eligible for government-sponsored benefits.
In 1986, Congress amended the Medicaid statute through [section] 9406(c) of the Omnibus Budget Reconcilliation Act (OBRA) to exclude aliens without LPR or PRUCOL status from accessing the full scope of Medicaid.