Hospital Presumptive Eligibility: Residency Requirements for Refugees

December 31, 2021

In order to enroll applicants in Hospital Presumptive Eligibility (HPE), qualified providers must determine whether the applicant is a state resident. However, many evacuees or refugees temporarily housed at U.S. military bases may not know when or where they will be resettled.

Per November 2021, direction from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Health Coverage Options for Afghan Evacuees, qualified providers can accept the state where the individual is temporarily housed as their state of residence.

HPE applications are completed via self-attestation and an applicant cannot be required to provide proof of income, immigration status, or state residency. Qualified providers must accept attested information provided by the individual.