California Health and Safety Code Section 130
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130. (a) In order to carry out the intention of the People of
California that, excepting emergency medical care as required by
federal law, only citizens of the United States and aliens lawfully
admitted to the United States may receive the benefits of
publicly-funded health care, and to ensure that all persons employed
in the providing of those services shall diligently protect public
funds from misuse, the provisions of this section are adopted.
(b) A person shall not receive any health care services from a
publicly-funded health care facility, to which he or she is otherwise
entitled until the legal status of that person has been verified as
one of the following:
(1) A citizen of the United States.
(2) An alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident.
(3) An alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time.
(c) If any publicly-funded health care facility in this state from
whom a person seeks health care services, other than emergency
medical care as required by federal law, determines or reasonably
suspects, based upon the information provided to it, that the person
is an alien in the United States in violation of federal law, the
following procedures shall be followed by the facility:
(1) The facility shall not provide the person with services.
(2) The facility shall, in writing, notify the person of his or
her apparent illegal immigration status, and that the person must
either obtain legal status or leave the United States.
(3) The facility shall also notify the State Director of Health
Services, the Attorney General of California, and the United States
Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal
status, and shall provide any additional information that may be
requested by any other public entity.
(d) For purposes of this section "publicly-funded health care
facility" shall be defined as specified in Sections 1200 and 1250 of
this code as of January 1, 1993.
Last modified: March 17, 2014