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Refugees Face Loss of SSI Beginning Today

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Refugees Face Loss of SSI Beginning Today

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Disabled and elderly people originally admitted to the U.S. as refugees could lose federal cash assistance today. Under a new law, they have to be American citizens in order to receive some benefits.

For people like 86-year-old Philippe Kaninda, who doesn't speak English and suffers from dementia, passing the citizenship test seems impossible. If Kaninda loses is SSI, he may also lose his MediCal, California's health insurance program for low income individuals.

Disabled and elderly people originally admitted to the U.S. as refugees could lose federal cash assistance today.
KQED Public Radio
Friday, October 1, 2010

Disabled and elderly people originally admitted to the U.S. as refugees could lose federal cash assistance today.

Under a new law, they have to be American citizens in order to receive some benefits. For people like 86-year-old Philippe Kaninda, who doesn't speak English and suffers from dementia, passing the citizenship test seems impossible. If Kaninda loses is SSI, he may also lose his MediCal, California's health insurance program for low income individuals.

By: Shuka Kalantari