Report: $2 Billion Spent Annually For Medicaid Emergencies, Largely For Illegal Immigrant Baby Deliveries

Photo Credit: Laura RauchEven though federal law largely bars illegal immigrants from obtaining Medicaid coverage, the program annually pays out more than $2 billion in free emergency coverage that mostly goes to illegal immigrants, according to Kaiser Health News.

The vast majority of the total emergency care reimbursements cover delivering babies, Kaiser reports.

Based on a Kaiser data analysis of the states believed to have the greatest populations of illegal immigrants — including California, New York, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Illinois and Florida — more than 100,000 people annually receive emergency care that is reimbursed by Medicaid. California, Kaiser’s analysis showed, receives approximately half of the annual $2 billion Medicaid expenditure category.

That category of Medicaid also covers some homeless people and legal immigrants who have been in the country less than five years — and are therefore mostly ineligible for Medicaid, according to Kaiser.

“We can’t turn them away,” Joanne Aquilina, the chief financial officer of Bethesda Healthcare System in Boynton Beach, Fla., told Kaiser.

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  • TexRancher

    This is a product of AMNESTY ! The “last one” and the one underway in Congress. We don’t need new laws, we need the current ones ENFORCED!
    We do need to end the chain migration through automatic citizenship for kids born to ILLEGAL INVADERS! If nothing is done, this program of implied AMNESTY by Obama and his amnesty conspirators will soon explode and the results will play into Obama’s hands for martial law! Gee, could that explain Obama’s unwillingness toenforce the law?
    Anyone in Congress who argues for amnesty is either stupid, dishonest or both. Add to that subversive!