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PUBLIC LAW 104-208—SEPT. 30, 1996 110 STAT. 3009-682 "(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) or any other provision of law, if a forged, counterfeited, mutilated, or altered seal of a department or agency of the United States, or any facsimile thereof, is— "(1) so forged, counterfeited, mutilated, or altered; "(2) used, affixed, or impressed to or upon any certificate, instrument, commission, document, or paper of any description; or "(3) with fraudulent intent, possessed, sold, offered for sale, furnished, offered to furnish, given away, offered to give away, transported, offered to transport, imported, or offered to import, with the intent or effect of facilitating an alien's application for, or receipt of, a Federal benefit to which the alien is not entitled, the penalties which may be imposed for each offense under subsection (a) shall be two times the maximum fine, and 3 times the maximum term of imprisonment, or both, that would otherwise be imposed for an offense under subsection (a). "(c) For purposes of this section— "(1) the term 'Federal benefit' means— "(A) the issuance of any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by any agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States; and "(B) any retirement, welfare. Social Security, health (including treatment of an emergency medical condition in accordance with section 1903(v) of the Social Security Act (19 U.S.C. 1396b(v))), disability, veterans, public housing, education, food stamps, or unemployment benefit, or any similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States; and "(2) each instance of forgery, counterfeiting, mutilation, or alteration shall constitute a separate offense under this section.". SEC. 562. TREATMENT OF EXPENSES SUBJECT TO EMERGENCY MEDI- 8 USC 1369. CAL SERVICES EXCEPTION. (a) IN GENERAL.—Subject to such amounts as are provided in advance in appropriation Acts, each State or political subdivision of a State that provides medical assistance for care and treatment of an emergency medical condition (as defined in subsection (d)) through a public hospital or other public facility (including a nonprofit hospital that is eligible for an additional payment adjustment under section 1886 of the Social Security Act) or through contract with another hospital or facility to an individual who is an alien not lawfully present in the United States is eligible for payment from the Federal Government of its costs of providing such services, but only to the extent that such costs are not otherwise reimbursed through any other Federal program and cannot be recovered from the alien or another person. (b) CONFIRMATION OF IMMIGRATION STATUS REQUIRED. —No pay- ment shall be made under this section with respect to services furnished to an individual unless the immigration status of the individual has been verified through appropriate procedures established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General.