The House voted 331-88 to reject a bill that would have required hospitals to report illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security Department before receiving any of the $1 billion set aside to help hospitals care for illegal immigrants under last year's Medicare reform law. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) sponsored the defeated bill. It would have required hospitals to ask patients for their immigration status, report those saying they were illegal and collect identification information, such as a fingerprint or photograph, from those patients. Hospitals argued the bill would impose a difficult burden and could keep some illegal aliens from receiving needed medical care. -- by Jeff Tieman
House rejects bill on hospitals and illegal immigrants
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