11 states will offer health insurance for children without permanent legal status in 2023

Eleven states will provide government health benefits to children without permanent legal status in 2023, Stateline reported Dec. 6. 

Connecticut and New Jersey will allow children without permanent legal status to enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program in January, joining Maine, Rhode Island Vermont, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia in extending these benefits. 

States who choose to extend Medicaid or CHIP benefits to children without legal status have to do so without federal funds, Stateline reported. In New Jersey, the new policy is estimated to cost up to $15 million a year. 

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