The Virginia Senate advanced a bill in committee Thursday night that would expand state-funded health insurance coverage to undocumented immigrants.
SB 231, also known as the “Cover All Kids” law, was introduced by the Virginia Senate Committee on Appropriations. according to On the legislative record.of lawIf passed, the bill would provide “comprehensive state-funded health coverage” to low-income individuals under age 19 who are eligible for such a program “other than their immigration status.” .
It passed the committee on a near partisan vote, with 10 Democrats and one Republican voting yes and four Republicans voting against moving forward with the bill. (Related: California offers taxpayer-funded health insurance to illegal immigrants)
Republican state Sen. Todd E. Pillion was the only Republican to sponsor the bill. Pillion did not immediately respond to a request from the Daily Caller News Foundation to explain his vote.
The bill also includes safeguards to ensure that information collected by the state to provide medical care to illegal immigrants cannot be used by immigration enforcement agencies unless presented with a valid judicial order, subpoena, or warrant. ing.
Additionally, the bill mandates the creation of a task force to contact eligible undocumented immigrants and encourage them to apply for state-funded health care programs through marketing and outreach efforts.
Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, D-Virginia, who voted in favor of advancing the bill, said, “Every child in the commonwealth should have access to high-quality, comprehensive health care, regardless of income, immigration status, or background.” ”. Said.
“We know that healthy childhoods lead to better health, education, and economic outcomes for children and their families.”
Hashmi did not immediately respond to DCNF's request for comment.
Republican state Sen. Glenn Sturtevant, who opposes the bill, said: Said Fox News Digital said the bill “could cost Virginia taxpayers more than $100 million over this decade alone.”
Virginia would not be the first blue state to send large amounts of tax money to illegal immigrants.
Washington state provided more than $312 million in cash benefits to undocumented immigrants in 2022 as part of COVID-19 relief. Meanwhile, starting January 1, California made its version of Medicare available to undocumented immigrants.
If passed, the bill would ultimately be vetoed by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
The governor's office did not immediately respond to DCNF's request for comment.
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