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Utah House OKs hospital immigrant bill

The Salt Lake Tribune, February 25, 2011
A bill that would require Utah to set up a pool of money to reimburse medical workers and hospitals for serving undocumented immigrants cleared the Utah House on Thursday. Rep. Chris Herrod, who at one point acknowledged surprise that his HB165 passed out of committee due to a sizable fiscal note, watched it sail through without debate and pass 57-14. It now goes to the Senate. Herrod, R-Provo, said "we have doctors who are having to work for free" in serving Utah's undocumented population, which the Pew Hispanic Center pegs at about 110,000. Herrod's bill would set up an account that created a fiscal note of $26 million. The money would reimburse Utah medical providers for providing treatment to undocumented immigrants. The state then would replenish that till by requiring the state to collect that money from the federal government.

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