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U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants

Posted By: IceMyst

U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants - 05/11/05 03:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health care providers can charge the government for emergency care provided to illegal aliens beginning Tuesday.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final guidance Monday that sets up a system for reimbursement. Lawmakers set aside $1 billion over four years for the program, created by Medicare legislation passed in 2003.

For hospitals in border states, the additional money can mean the difference between running a profitable business or an unprofitable one, said Don May, vice president of policy for the American Hospital Association.

"I don't know if it will completely change their financial picture, but for those hospitals on the border, this is going to make a difference in ensuring they are there to treat the patients, not just the undocumented ones, but all the patients living in those communities," May said.

Two-thirds of the money will be distributed to health care providers based on a state's percentage of undocumented aliens. The remaining third will go to providers in the six states with the largest number of arrests of undocumented aliens.

The states receiving the highest amounts in the current fiscal year are California, $70.8 million; Texas, $46 million; Arizona, $45 million; and New York, $12.25 million.

Payments to providers will be made on a quarterly basis and will be adjusted proportionately if the bills exceed the state's allocation.

One group that advocates stricter immigration policies said the government's reimbursement of hospitals was the right thing to do.

"It seems to me that if the federal government has abdicated its responsibility for immigration enforcement, then it's responsible for making those jurisdictions whole," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank based in Washington.
Posted By: IceMyst

Re: U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants - 05/11/05 03:05 AM

The government has no issues finding money to pay for illegal immigrants so they can get hosptical care for free but they feel they have to charge poor people monthly fees so their kids can see a doctor. Any one else see something wrong with that? Dont charge the illegal immigrants so they can be healthy but make it so poor kids cant get medical attention cause they HAVE to pay...
Posted By: Girlie

Re: U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants - 05/11/05 09:30 AM

*raises hand* This has got to be the most retarded thing I've ever heard of. Here's an idea, how about you use some of that money to make it harder for these idiots to get into our country, and use the rest of it for the middle class parents who don't qualify for "welfare" and can't afford to shell out over $100 a week on insurance. (me) [censored].
Posted By: Gremelin

Re: U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants - 05/11/05 11:44 PM

I declaire Shenanigans!

BTW, girlie, if you where here and got denied for welfare/state assistance you could sign up for federal AID (FHAIP); I pay like $18/mo with a 20% copay...
Posted By: Girlie

Re: U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants - 05/12/05 11:38 AM

yea yea, PA sucks. *goes off to pout*
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