New Puerto Rico Legislation Affects Some Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids Applicants

By: Georgia Department of Community Health Press Release
By: Georgia Department of Community Health Press Release

Atlanta, Georgia –

The Georgia Department of Community Health is informing first-time applicants for Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids born in Puerto Rico that a certified birth certificate, issued after July 1, 2010, or an unexpired Passport issued by Puerto Rico is required for program enrollment effective October 1, 2010. The change is a result of new legislation enacted by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to re-issue certified birth certificates for its residents. This change does not cancel any applications or re-certifications initiated prior to October 1, 2010.

“This law only affects Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids applicants born in Puerto Rico whose eligibility is determined for the first time on or after October 1, 2010,” said Dr. Jerry Dubberly, Chief of the Medicaid Division, DCH. “It does not affect individuals deemed eligible for either program prior to October 1, 2010.”

In light of the volume of birth certificates that Puerto Rico may need to re-issue, it is possible that individuals will experience a delay in obtaining their copies. The Medicaid and PeachCare for KidsTM programs are assisting applicants who do not have a new birth certificate from Puerto Rico or any other acceptable documents to verify U.S. citizenship by providing a reasonable opportunity for applicants to submit their birth documentation. Otherwise eligible applicants will be provided benefits while they secure the documents needed to satisfy the citizenship documentation requirement.

Puerto Rico is issuing new certified copies of birth certificates for a fee to the person whom the birth record applies. Birth certificates can be requested online, by telephone or mail. Individuals applying for a new birth certificate must pay $5 for the first copy. Instructions for requesting a birth certificate are available in English and Spanish at and A fact sheet about the new law and answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the websites.

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