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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Federal Relief for Health Care Bills for Undocumented Immigrants

Mexicans Go To Arizona for Medical Help
Dennis Wagner
(USA Today, May 17, 2005)

"Along the border from Chula Vista, Calif., to Brownsville, Texas, U.S. hospitals serve as a medical safety net for undocumented immigrants and residents of northern Mexico. Each year, their care costs American medical centers, consumers and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars...After years of pressure from the health care industry, the federal government last week announced a plan to repay hospitals across the USA for up to 30 percent of the unpaid bills they rack up for such patients from now through 2008."

The action took the form of a "final guidance" published by CMS indicating that it would start making payments to hospitals out of the $1 billion that was authorized by the 2003 Medicare reform law (§ 1011, Pub. Law No. 108-173).  See also CMS' "Section 1011 Page."  [tm]

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