Lawmakers OK Bill to Provide Prenatal Care to Non-Citizens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State lawmakers have approved a measure that would provide prenatal care to low-income women living in South Dakota who are not U.S. citizens and not qualify for Medicaid.
The measure now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who supports it. Proponents attempted to gain the Legislature's approval for the bill during at least three legislative sessions.
The measure would create a prenatal care program as allowed under the existing low-income health insurance program for children who don't qualify for Medicaid, known as the Children's Health Insurance Program.
A child born to a noncitizen is considered a citizen if born on U.S. soil. So in the case of low-income families, the state must cover the child's medical costs upon birth.
Supporters of the measure who testified before lawmakers said that without prenatal care, the risk of complications increases and so do the costs.
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