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Congress Restores Medicaid to Arkansas Marshallese, Other Pacific Island Migrants

Mazie Hirono
U.S. Senator Marie Hirono, D-HI, has long championed restoring Medicaid to COFA migrants legally residing in the U.S.

Included in the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in late December is the restoration of Medicaid to Pacific Islanders legally residing in the U.S. under a Compact of Free Association. Thousands of Arkansas Marshallese will now qualify. Medicaid was first conveyed in 1986, but mistakenly nullified a decade later during welfare reform.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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