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Health Care Services by Undocumented Aliens in U.S.

The higher cost of these deferred services often results in charges to the Medicaid program.

Funding the delivery of health care services for the indigent is an issue of concern to all because the delivered services are eventually paid for by someone. In some cases, state and federal welfare programs eventually pay for some of the services. In many instances, notforprofit hospitals particularly county and municipal hospitalsabsorb many of the costs. Lastly, third party fundershealth insurance companies and employersand individuals and families funding their own health care pay for some of the services delivered to the working poor through the process of cost shifting by health care providers. Thus, whether the fact is recognized or not health care services for the indigent are being funded at present by all parties. The real question is not whether such services should be funded by other than the recipients, but, rather, how they should be funded to provide equity in funding, optimal costs, and quality care.

Third party funders include government, health insurance companies, and employers. The federal government under the Reagan and Bush Administrations generally refused to recognize any federal responsibility for the funding of health care services for the working poor. The Clinton Administration appears to be more willing to recognize a federal responsibility in this area (Brownstein, 1993, p. A11). Most state governments contend that health care funding for the indigent is a federal problem. Health care insurance companies deny any responsibility for the funding of health care services for the indigent. Oddly, of course, they are partly funding the services now through the process of provider cost shifting. Lastly, many of the working poor are employed by small businesses which, in turn, contend that they cannot afford to provide employer health insurance programs. The federal government, at least prior to ...

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