Healthcare providers in counties abutting the Mexican border provided more than $200 million of uncompensated emergency care to undocumented immigrants in 2000, according to a study released by the Border Counties Coalition. The coalition, which represents elected officials, is calling on Congress to reimburse local governments for the cost of caring for undocumented immigrants. The study was prepared by consulting firm MGT of America, Tallahassee, Fla., and funded by HHS. It estimated that 25% of uncompensated costs at border hospitals in 2000, or nearly $190 million, resulted from emergency treatment of undocumented immigrants, with $79 million spent in California, $74 million in Texas, $31 million in Arizona and $6 million in New Mexico. An additional $13 million was spent by emergency transportation providers, the report said. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Care for undocumented immigrants costly: study
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