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S.B. 111

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HEALTH AMENDMENTS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRANT

             2     
CHILDREN

             3     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

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House Sponsor: ____________

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the Medical Assistance Act and the Utah Children's Health Insurance
             11      Act to provide Medicaid coverage and health insurance coverage to a legal immigrant
             12      child, regardless of the length of time that the child has been in the United States.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    exercises the option to remove the five-year residency requirement for a legal
             16      immigrant child to be eligible for coverage under Medicaid or the Utah Children's
             17      Health Insurance Program; and
             18          .    directs the Department of Health to amend the state Medicaid plan and the Utah
             19      Children's Health Insurance Program to provide coverage to an eligible legal
             20      immigrant child, regardless of the length of time that the child has been in the
             21      United States.
             22      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2013.
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      ENACTS:


             28          26-18-3.4, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29          26-40-116, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30     
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 26-18-3.4 is enacted to read:
             33          26-18-3.4. Coverage for legal immigrant children.
             34          In accordance with the provisions of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program
             35      Reauthorization Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-3, and all other applicable requirements of
             36      federal law and rule, the department shall amend the state Medicaid plan to provide coverage
             37      under the Medicaid program to a client who is:
             38          (1) an eligible child; and
             39          (2) a legal immigrant to the United States, regardless of the length of time that the child
             40      described in Subsection (1) has been in the United States.
             41          Section 2. Section 26-40-116 is enacted to read:
             42          26-40-116. Coverage for legal immigrant children.
             43          In accordance with the provisions of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program
             44      Reauthorization Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-3, and all other applicable requirements of
             45      federal law and rule, the department shall provide coverage under the program to a person who
             46      is:
             47          (1) an eligible child; and
             48          (2) a legal immigrant to the United States, regardless of the length of time that the child
             49      described in Subsection (1) has been in the United States.
             50          Section 3. Effective date.
             51          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2013.




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