SD panel kills, will revive prenatal care measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota panel has killed a bill to provide prenatal care to noncitizens, with the intention to revive the provision as part of the general Medicaid plan.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to defeat the measure. But several committee members say they agree the issue is important and must be addressed.

The bill would have provided prenatal care to low-income mothers who are not U.S. citizens.

There were no opponents. Supporters say the provision would save money and the lives of babies who become U.S. citizens when they are born.

The bill's main sponsor, Republican Rep. Scott Ecklund of Brandon, says he wanted and expected the committee to act as it did.

Ecklund says he hopes the bill will "rise again on the last day."

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