FL agency wants more than $500,000 to collect data on citizenship status of hospital patients

Kimberly Smoak, a deputy secretary at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, requested over half a million for the implementation of the state’s new immigration law. She presented the request on Oct. 18, 2023 during a Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee meeting.

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The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is asking for $558,000 for the next fiscal year to establish a system to collect data on the citizenship status of hospital patients. The Legislature would have to approve the money as part of the state budget.

Since the state’s new immigration law went into effect on

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