U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants

It may now be more financially viable to provide care for illegal aliens than US citizens without insurance: CNN.com – U.S.to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants.

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….

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.

Hmm.  Where did this ‘most arrests’ clause come from?  However, the government is (slowly) starting to fund at least one of its mandates.

This’ll still be only pennies on the dollar (in the government healthcare funding style), but it’s better than nothing.

 

Splitting church members: Not News

Why isn’t this getting more national press?  Splitting church members say they will keep peace. 

St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church parishioners peacefully worshipped together Sunday, even as the congregation is splitting over denomination politics and biblical teachings, resulting in the charter of a new Midland church.

… Almost 90 percent of members and their pastors were ordered by the Northwest Texas Diocese to leave St. Nicholas’ for dissenting with the Episcopal Church’s stance on homosexuality by naming a gay bishop in New Hampshire, among other things.

"But the homosexual issue is just a small part of a greater crisis," said the Rev. Jonathan Hartzer, associate rector. "The greater crisis is cultural accommodation at the expense of biblical Christianity."

Support for the ousted Midland congregation has come from all over the world, Hartzer said, and vast numbers of believers from afar are expected travel here to attend the last service of the full congregation May 29.

 

Conservative pastors trying to oust a couple of Kerry voters (which is stupid and wrong, BTW) were headline news on CNN, but the vast majority of a congregation being kicked out of a church because of ‘cultural accomodation(s) at the expense of biblical Christianity’ hasn’t been Big News yet.

Why?  It’s not even my church, and I wonder.

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