Hospitals Deporting Uninsured Patients

Deborah Sontag, New York Times, August 3, 2008


Jimenez’s benchmark case exposes a little-known but apparently widespread practice. Many U.S. hospitals are repatriating seriously injured or ill immigrants because they cannot find nursing homes willing to accept them without insurance. Medicaid does not cover long-term care for illegal immigrants, or for newly arrived legal immigrants, creating a quandary for hospitals, which are obligated by federal regulation to arrange post-hospital care for patients who need it.



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