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PRUCOLPermanently Residing in the US Under Color of Law
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Prior to 1996, eligibility for federal benefits depended on how the PRUCOL standards were interpreted.
Regarding unauthorized aliens, Section 401 of PRWORA sought to end the PRUCOL eligibility standard by barring them from any federal public benefit except the emergency services and programs expressly listed in Section 401(b) of PRWORA.
As awareness of and confusion over "quasi-legal" migrants grows, the policies embodied by PRUCOL are returning to the fore.
(98) PRUCOL specifically arose early in the 110th Congress when [section]226 of the House-passed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Act of 2007 (H.R.
(48) All other immigrants--including undocumented immigrants and immigrants who were previously eligible through PRUCOL status--are deemed nonqualified, and thus ineligible for most forms of Medicaid.
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." Id.