March 17, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Hospital Admissions and Restrictions
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that requires hospital employees to report patients that cannot prove their immigration status
Requires a hospital to confirm, at some point during the treatment of a patient, that he or she is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of the United States, or lawfully present in the United States in cases where the person cannot provide proof of health insurance (Sec. 1).
Authorizes the admissions officer or representative to verify the legal status through the following means (Sec. 1):
A United States military I.D.;
A driver license from any state of the United States;
Any valid documentation of identity and residence issued by a state in this country;
Proof of citizenship from a country that participates in the visa waiver program recognized by the United States;
Proof of Canadian citizenship; or
Proof of a valid non-immigrant visa that is recognized by the United States government.
Requires the admissions officer or someone not involved in the actual medical care of a patient to contact the local federal immigration office or local law enforcement to report an incident where the legal status of a patient cannot be verified (Sec. 1).