Children age 18 or younger in "Qualified" immigrant status are able to apply for
NJ FamilyCare, regardless of the date that they entered the United States. They
do not have to wait five years to be eligible.
Immigrant parent/guardians who are legal permanent residents of the US must have
had that status for at least five years in order to be eligible for NJ FamilyCare.
"Qualified" status includes:
- A lawful permanent resident
- A refugee
- An asylee
- A Cuban-Haitian entrant
- An undocumented resident whose deportation is being withheld by USCIS
- An Amerasian immigrant
- A child of an honorably discharged US military veteran
- A child of a member of the US military
- Certain American Indians born in Canada are treated
the same as a US citizen for the purpose of Medicaid eligibility.
- An immigrant paroled for over one year.
- An applicant under the Violence Against Women Act
note: Families accessing NJ FamilyCare benefits will
NOT be considered a "Public Charge".*
Charge is a term used by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
to describe people who cannot support themselves
and depend on government benefits that provide cash support,
such as, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - or they live
in a nursing home or other long-term care institution
at the government's expense. If an immigrant receives
NJ FamilyCare benefits, USCIS will not consider the receipt
of these benefits as a reason to classify the immigrant
as a "Public Charge".
Please review the information provided on this web site
or for additional assistance, call 1-800-701-0710.
A translator is available for most languages.
EMERGENCY PAYMENT PROGRAM FOR UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS
This program will pay for emergency care provided by a hospital
for people who would have been eligible for NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid
but for their immigration status. The care must be for medical
conditions that happen suddenly with severe symptoms that will
cause a serious health problem if immediate medical attention is
If care is received in a hospital for a condition meeting the above
criteria, the hospital, physicians' and other related costs
(including ambulance service) may be covered by this program.
How do I apply for the Medical Emergency Payment Program
for undocumented residents?
1. Inform the hospital office staff that you wish to apply
for this program.
2. If an application form is available, you will be asked
to fill it out immediately.
3. If an application is not available, the staff member
will notify the County Welfare Agency that you
are interested in applying.
4. After the emergency medical treatment, you must call
the County Welfare Agency yourself to schedule
5. Bring any bills that you received for your child's
emergency treatment with you to the County Board interview.
6. You must complete an application within 3 months of
the date of the emergency in order to be covered under
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