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    This page contains bills sponsored by presidential contenders. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

05-S1104 on May 23, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: covering child resident aliens under Medicaid & SCHIP
Source: Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act (S.1104/HR.1233)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Grants States the option of covering certain categories of eligible pregnant women and child resident aliens, including targeted low-income children, under the Medicaid and SCHIP programs.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. CLINTON: This legislation would allow States to use Federal funds to provide critical healthcare services to pregnant women and children. This bill is fundamentally about three things--fairness, fiscal relief, and financial savings.

I will start with fairness. All across America, legal immigrants work hard, pay taxes, and exercise their civic responsibilities. Yet, in 1996, Congress denied safety net services to legal immigrants who had been in the country for less than 5 years.

This legislation is also a matter of good fiscal policy. Today, 19 States use State funds to provide healthcare services to legal immigrants within the 5-year waiting period. At least 155,000 children and 60,000 adults are receiving these benefits. A total of 387,000 recent legal immigrants would be eligible to receive these services if their States opt to take advantage of the program.

And finally, this bill is about long-term healthcare cost savings. Covering uninsured children and pregnant women through Medicaid can reduce unnecessary hospitalization by 22%. Pregnant women who forgo prenatal care are more likely to develop complications during pregnancy, which results in higher costs for postpartum care. And women without access to prenatal care are four times more likely to deliver low birth weight infants and seven times more likely to deliver prematurely than women who receive prenatal care, according to the Institute of Medicine. All of these health outcomes are costly to society and to the individuals involved.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Finance; never came to a vote.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Cover child resident aliens under Medicaid and SCHIP (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid (Score: 1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 4.
  • Headline: Cover child resident aliens under Medicaid and SCHIP (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 4 on Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
    • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
    • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
    • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
    • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
    • E: Unsure


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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 05-S1104

Jeff Bingaman s1oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Artur Davis s1oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 



Republicans participating in 05-S1104

Lincoln Chafee s2pRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Thad Cochran s1oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Mike DeWine s1oOH Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2006) 
Mario Diaz-Balart s1oFlorida Republican 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1oFlorida Republican 



Independents participating in 05-S1104

Lincoln Diaz-Balart s2pFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 16
Republicans: 6
Independents: 1


















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