Chapter 118E of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding after Section 16D the following section:-
Section 16E. (1) Notwithstanding any other law, there is hereby established a program of comprehensive health coverage for children and young adults under the age of 21 who are residents of the Commonwealth, as defined under section 8 of this chapter, who are not otherwise eligible for comprehensive benefits under Title XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act or under the demonstration pursuant to Section 9A of this chapter solely due to their immigration status. Children and young adults shall be eligible to receive comprehensive MassHealth benefits equivalent to the benefits available to individuals of like age and income under categorical and financial eligibility requirements established by the Executive Office pursuant to said Title XIX and Title XXI.
(2) The Executive Office shall maximize federal financial participation for the benefits provided under this section, however benefits under this section shall not be conditioned on the availability of federal financial participation.
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