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.