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AHA urges Obama to consider costs of treating illegal immigrants
Modern Healthcare

The American Hospital Association is urging President Barack Obama to consider the costs hospitals incur for treating illegal immigrants—and to include provisions in his legislative recommendations to Congress that would sufficiently reimburse them for doing so. In a letter to Obama, AHA President and CEO Richard Umbdenstock cited recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau that show there are more than 8.7 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requires Medicare-participating hospitals to screen, treat and stabilize individuals seeking care in hospital emergency rooms regardless of their documentation status, but federal support for these services remains “virtually nonexistent,” Umbdenstock wrote.