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The Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments of 2004

May 12, 2004

Washington, May 12, 2004 - H.R. 3722, Introduced by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher


In order to receive funds under the "Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance" portion of the recently passed MPDIMA, hospitals must request the following information:



Citizenship of alien
Immigration status of alien
Address of alien in the US
Any current employer of alien
Biometric indicator to be decided by the Department of Homeland Security


This information must be uploaded to an electronic database set up by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. Hospitals are NOT required to call the Border Patrol or disrupt their services in any other way.

The Department of Homeland Security, after verifying an alien's undocumented status, must initiate deportation proceedings against the illegal alien.

Makes any employer of an illegal alien responsible for the cost of unreimbursed emergency room care, unless the employer verifies the status of an alien using the employment verification system.

Limits care of undocumented aliens. No extraordinary medical treatment needs to be given if the illegal alien can be transported back to their country of origin without material deterioration.

Asks the Secretary of State to negotiate treaties providing for payment of the cost of medical transportation of the foreign governments ill citizens. In cases where a treaty cannot be negotiated, the Secretary of State is directed to impose a fee on citizens of that country who enter the US to recoup the costs of international medical evacuation.