This Blue State Is The Latest To Put Forth Bill Extending State-Funded Health Insurance To Illegal Immigrants

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 10 February 2024 01:50 PM
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In a recent development, the Virginia Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations has advanced a bill, SB 231, also known as the “Cover All Kids” Act.

This legislation, if enacted, would extend state-funded health insurance to illegal immigrants under the age of 19 who are otherwise eligible for such programs, barring their immigration status.

The bill was moved forward on a near party-line vote, with support from 10 Democrats and one Republican, while four Republicans opposed it. Republican state Sen. Todd E. Pillion was the lone Republican who backed the advancement of the measure. However, when approached by the Daily Caller News Foundation for an explanation of his vote, Pillion did not immediately respond.

The proposed legislation also includes safeguards to ensure that data collected by the state for providing healthcare to illegal immigrants would not be utilized by an immigration enforcement agency unless a valid judicial order, subpoena, or warrant is presented. Furthermore, the bill stipulates the establishment of a task force to engage with eligible illegal immigrants and encourage them to apply for the state-funded healthcare program through marketing and outreach initiatives.

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Democratic Virginia state Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, who voted in favor of advancing the bill, stated, “Every child throughout the Commonwealth, regardless of income, immigration status, and background should have access to quality, comprehensive healthcare.” She added, “We know that a healthy childhood leads to better health, education, and economic outcomes for children and their families.” Hashmi did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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On the other hand, Republican state Sen. Glen Sturtevant, who is against the bill, informed Fox News Digital that the legislation could potentially cost Virginia taxpayers over $100 million within this decade alone.

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Virginia is not the first Democrat-led state to consider allocating substantial taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants. In 2022, Washington state disbursed over $312 million in cash transfers to illegal immigrants as part of COVID-19 relief. Similarly, California made its version of Medicare accessible to illegal immigrants starting from Jan. 1.

If the bill is passed, it would ultimately be subject to a veto by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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