I received a K-1 visa (passing a medical assessment), have entered the USA, and have married. We have sent in the documents to apply for Lawful Permanent Resident status. We are both currently unemployed and living with her parents in Weld County, Colorado. I have no significant long-term health problems.
My wife and I went to a state healthcare advisor to ask about my healthcare options. (I have travel insurance covering emergency care, but nothing else). The advisor asked 'if' we had applied for Medicaid yet and we said we had read I am not allowed to receive it or any kind of benefit. The advisor talked us through insurance options but also suggested a local clinic where the treatment prices were based on a sliding scale for income. We decided to register at this clinic so that we could pay for treatment as we need, rather than paying hundreds a month.
The Care Program
We have received this paperwork for the clinic in preparation for a financial appointment with them this afternoon. Other pages refer to the system as a copay program, and ask for proofs of income etc.
Affidavit for Lawful Presence / Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)
I, [name], swear or affirm under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Colorado, that (check one):
[tick either US Citizen OR LPR/lawfully present in federal law]
I understand that this sworn statement is required by law because I have applied for a public benefit. I understand that state law requires me to provide proof that I am lawfully present in the United States prior to receipt of this public benefit. I further acknowledge that making a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or misrepresentation in this sworn affidavit is punishable [under various laws, etc.]
Square brackets and bold text are mine.
I know I cannot receive certain government money such as Medicaid. However, as this is a "public benefit", can I receive this?
Because the aforementioned advisor asked if we had already applied for Medicaid, even though I can't, I do not trust that her direction to this copay program means I am allowed to do it.