Republican House Representative Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado’s western slope, voted “NO” on a measure to assure that newborn babies are covered with health insurance immediately after birth for up to one year to give parents time to verify their baby’s citizenship status.
If a baby is born in a hospital, usually the hospital asks the parent(s) if they want to apply for a social security number for the baby. In that case, it can take as little as a few weeks to get the number. But not all babies are born in hospitals, and for those who aren’t (pdf), or who are born outside the U.S., it can take more time to gather the necessary documents to prove their citizenship and get a social security number, which is necessary to get insurance coverage.
A yes vote would have assured infants are covered by health insurance immediately from the time they are born for up to one year.
Tipton voted “no.”