May 18, 2013
Obamacare to Cut Health Services for Many Undocumented Immigrants
Posted on Jul 27, 2012
President Obama’s new health care law cuts money used to pay for emergency care for undocumented immigrants, a service that some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals have long been required to provide.
Aside from the obvious increases in fear, stress, anxiety and workload, exactly what will happen to medical workers and hospitals that formerly had the financial support needed to provide these services is unclear.
“This is an unintended consequence of the law,” said Wendy Z. Goldstein, chief executive of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. “But so far, nobody is doing anything to resolve it.”
Other unintended consequences could include the spread of disease and illness that might have been discovered and halted under the former funding scheme.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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