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Posted: 1/21/2006 3:05:41 PM EDT
Wow, they are going to cut back on free services to illegals, I wonder about the services for CITIZENS

NY State Will Lose Aid For Illegal Immigrant Care
1-21-06
wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_021120703.html
(AP) A federal review of recent hospital visits by thousands of illegal immigrants across New York State found many of the state's claims did not qualify as an emergency.

The state will not recieve $32.5 million in federal reimbursements as result, according to the Center for Medicaid and
Medicare Services in Washington, D.C.

In New York State, Medicaid covers the costs when an illegal immigrant goes to the hospital for emergency care, such as the treatment of broken bones or chest pains. But the federal government, which pays for 50 percent of program costs in New York, recently reviewed the state's claims between January 2001 and September 2004 and found many did not qualify as emergencies.

Gov. George Pataki in his budget released this week proposed amending what medical services the state will cover for undocumented immigrants starting April 1. Any "ancillary" services like speech or physical therapy that fall outside the federal definition of an emergency situation would no longer be covered.

"This is a result of federal clarifications regarding Medicaid's reimbursement of providers for emergency services to
illegal aliens," John Sweeney, spokesman for the state Budget Division, said in a written statement.

The measure would save the state $14 million annually, the division said.

The revision is just a small part of a sweeping proposal by Pataki to cut and save $1.3 billion in Medicaid in next year's
budget. The creation of a major anti-fraud unit comprised of 627 staff members is the centerpiece of the proposed reform.

New York State's Medicaid program, widely criticized for its waste and inefficiency, is the largest in the nation at $44.5
billion a year. It is even more costly than California's system, which covers 55 percent more people.

Critics have complained the state recieves one of the lowest reimbursement rates from the federal government. While New York recieves just 50 percent of Medicaid costs from the federal government, other states receive as much as 80 percent.

The state, according to Budget Division officials, submitted a claim for $207 million for the time period from January 2001 to September 2004. The federal goverment has settled to pay $174 million.

Restrictions on what constitutes emergency care for undocumented immigrants vary from state to state. Connecticut, for example, has tighter regulations than New York, said Adam Gurvitch, director of health advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition.

In 2004, the department said 13,700 hospital visits by illegal immigrants were paid for by Medicaid in New York State.

Advocacy groups, meanwhile, argue that scaling back medical services for illegal immigrants only costs taxpayers more in the long run.

"Any time you cut back on healthcare coverage, you run the risk of people not coming in for care when it's treatable," said Francesca Gany, director of the Center for Immigration Health in New York City.

When problems are not treated at their most acute state, conditions only worsen and resurface, she said.

Meanwhile, Gurvitch of the New York Immigration Coaltion, said hospitals often don't take advantage of Medicaid's emergency-care coverage for undocumented immigrants.

For example, if an undocumented immigrant was in a car accident and got care at a hospital, chances are that the hospital is not going to send the person to a social worker to collect necessary documentation for re-imbursement before discharge, he said.

"Some don't realize that it's their right. There's a lot of federal money on table hospitals aren't reaching for," he said.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 3:07:59 PM EDT
They should station la Migra in the ER intake area. If you're in bad enough shape to be willing to go back to Mexico when you're well, then you can have the treatment. If not, suffer & die.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 3:09:50 PM EDT
La Migra should open a hospital and treat them before deporting them
Maybe then the hospitals could go back to treating taxpaying Citizens
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 3:12:33 PM EDT
RACIST

Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:05:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 7:07:12 PM EDT by A_Free_Man]


Why doesn't La Migra swing by Home Depot and Lowes a few times a week?


Hey, Immigration, Border Control, and Homeland Security guys... get a damn CLUE. Remember the bank robber, when asked why he always robbed banks answered, "Because that's where the money is."

Well, why not go to where the illegals are hanging out? Gee, even us mere citizens can figure it out.

What are we paying you guys for???
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:10:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 7:18:11 PM EDT by 22bad]

Originally Posted By A_Free_Man:

Why doesn't La Migra swing by Home Depot and Lowes a few times a week?


Hey, Immigration, Border Control, and Homeland Security guys... get a damn CLUE. Remember the bank robber, when asked why he always robbed banks answered, "Because that's where the money is."

Well, why not go to where the illegals are hanging out? Gee, even us mere citizens can figure it out.

What are we paying you guys for???



I think the question is WHY are we paying salary, benefits and retirement for people that
DON'T DO THEIR DAMN JOBS
Take your choice, they are either retarded or traitors to their country, assuming THEY were born here...........from Citizens
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:10:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 7:11:26 PM EDT by FieroLoki]

Originally Posted By turbo_infidel:
RACIST






Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:18:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FieroLoki:

Originally Posted By turbo_infidel:
RACIST







I assumed he was kidding like the other guy, maybe we need a clarification on that
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:35:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By turbo_infidel:
RACIST




Are you kidding?

If not, you're an IDIOT!
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 3:23:07 PM EDT
More hospital closings imminent?

State loses $32.5 million for illegal aliens' care
1/22/2006
The Buffalo News
www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20060122/5016468.asp
ALBANY (AP) - A federal review of recent hospital visits by thousands of illegal immigrants across New York State found many of the state's claims did not qualify as emergencies.
As a result, the state will not receive $32.5 million in federal reimbursements, according to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services in Washington, D.C.

In New York State, Medicaid covers the costs when an illegal immigrant goes to the hospital for emergency care, such as the treatment of broken bones or chest pains. But the federal government, which pays for 50 percent of program costs in New York, recently reviewed the state's claims between January 2001 and September 2004 and found many did not qualify as emergencies.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 4:57:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 4:58:47 PM EDT by Special-K]
<----------- Hates goddamn motherfucking New York State and all the incredible bullshit that goes on here. Fuck it, they'll just raise my taxes again to pay for it. Maybe someday people will get pissed enough and actually do something about it.


-K
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:00:08 PM EDT
Just gives Hitlery something else to bitch about
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:01:40 PM EDT

Any "ancillary" services like speech or physical therapy that fall outside the federal definition of an emergency situation would no longer be covered.

Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:09:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 5:09:27 PM EDT by 22bad]

Originally Posted By otar:

Any "ancillary" services like speech or physical therapy that fall outside the federal definition of an emergency situation would no longer be covered.




Hey, they get first class treatment here, why do you think they are willing to risk death crossing illegally?
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