[Paleopsych] PHXnews: Kyl/ McCain Bill Would Reimburse States For Emergency Care of Illegals Legislation
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Kyl/ McCain Bill Would Reimburse States For Emergency Care of Illegals
Posted by U.S. Senator Jon Kyl on Thursday February 13, 2003 at 11:14
Would Help Arizona Hospitals Facing Closure
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), joined by U.S. Senator
John McCain (R-AZ), today announced their introduction of bipartisan
legislation to reimburse states by $1.45 billion per year for the
costs of federally-mandated emergency treatment of illegal immigrants.
Arizona is expected to get a substantial share of any funding
authorized. Kyl, chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health
Care and a member of the Senate leadership, said: "This proposal will
come to the aid of Arizona and other border states that experience the
tremendous costs of providing federally-mandated emergency treatment
to illegal aliens - which forces many facilities to close their doors
to Arizonans needing help. I am pleased to report that we are making
significant progress in getting that message across to my Senate
colleagues. In the coming weeks, I will convene hearings to
demonstrate the human costs of the federal government's neglect in
this area, and will push for prompt consideration of this
McCain, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, added: "As a border
state, Arizona's hospitals have been hit especially hard by the cost
of medical services provided to immigrants," McCain said. "This
legislation would provide Arizona and other states with federal money
for immigrant medical care."
A recent study requested by Kyl and conducted by the US-Mexico Border
Counties Coalition surveyed four border states -- Arizona, California,
New Mexico, and Texas. It found that health-care facilities in 28
border counties alone spent more than $200 million in one year alone
for emergency medical treatment of undocumented patients, nearly $31
million just for the four border counties in Arizona. Such treatment
is required under a federal law known "the Emergency Medical Treatment
and Labor Act (EMTALA)," which forbids emergency rooms from turning
any patient away who is in need of emergency care. The amount of $1.45
billion is the estimated cost for the entire country per year.
The estimated costs would have been even higher if non-border counties
- such as Maricopa - were included in the study as well, Kyl noted.
Some estimates place loss at Maricopa hospitals due to unpaid bills
from illegal immigrant as high as $50 million per year.
"This bipartisan bill provides critical support to our states and
localities, including the medical community, for the costs they incur
while providing healthcare ensuring that access to critical services
are available for our most vulnerable populations. We must act soon
before this crisis deepens," McCain said.
"The spirit behind laws requiring emergency medical care to all comers
is laudable and welcome," Kyl said. "But it comes at a price. And
since this is a federal mandate imposed on local hospitals, we believe
the federal government has a responsibility to pay for it."
The bill is cosponsored by Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM), John Cornyn
(R-TX), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
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