Health & Science

February 12, 2013 2:04 PM

$2 billion Medicaid program helps mostly illegal immigrants

While federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid, a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor pays about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants. The funding – which has been around since the late 1980s – underscores the political and practical challenges of refusing to cover an entire class of people.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Former half-marathon world record holder returns to running after lymphoma <span class='title-duration'>02:25</span> 02:25

Former half-marathon world record holder returns to running after lymphoma 02:25

What you should know about seasonal allergies <span class='title-duration'>01:11</span> 01:11

What you should know about seasonal allergies 01:11

Man with dementia hears music from his era and lights up <span class='title-duration'>06:21</span> 06:21

Man with dementia hears music from his era and lights up 06:21

Food Allergies: Reducing the Risk <span class='title-duration'>02:40</span> 02:40

Food Allergies: Reducing the Risk 02:40

Dance helps Mississippi boy overcome ADHD <span class='title-duration'>01:40</span> 01:40

Dance helps Mississippi boy overcome ADHD 01:40

What is a concussion? <span class='title-duration'>00:31</span> 00:31

What is a concussion? 00:31

Born in the time of Zika <span class='title-duration'>05:05</span> 05:05

Born in the time of Zika 05:05

What to do if you think you have a recalled product <span class='title-duration'>01:30</span> 01:30

What to do if you think you have a recalled product 01:30

Turning oil rigs into reefs <span class='title-duration'>03:58</span> 03:58

Turning oil rigs into reefs 03:58

The best view of Pluto's craters and mountains <span class='title-duration'>00:51</span> 00:51

The best view of Pluto's craters and mountains 00:51

Woman fighting cancer wins $1 million lottery prize <span class='title-duration'>00:20</span> 00:20

Woman fighting cancer wins $1 million lottery prize 00:20

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos