ACWDL 08-53: Time limited eligibility of refugee medical assistance for Iraqi and Afghan Immigrants granted special immigrant status (11/25/08)

Effective December 26, 2007, eligible Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants (SIs) are entitled to time limited refugee medical assistance (RMA). Iraqi SIs have 8 months of eligibility for RMA, Afghani SIs have 6 months of eligibility. Eligibility begins to run either from the date of arrival in the US if SI status was attained outside the US, or from the date of grant of LPR status if status was adjusted to SI in the states. The ACWDL has an explanatory time chart, as well as examples of acceptable documentation, and sample NOAs. [Download]