A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice yesterday struck down as unconstitutional a provision of New York’s 1997 Welfare Reform Act which eliminated Medicaid coverage for certain lawful immigrants.

In a 17-page decision in Mohammed Aliessa v. Dennis Whalen, as Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, Index No. 403748/98, Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam ruled that �122 of the Social Services Law, part of the Welfare Reform Act, violates both the federal and state constitutions.

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