Legal Immigrants Bring Down Health Costs And Likely Subsidize Care For Native-Born Americans, Study Finds
A new study looked at legal immigrants' health spending just as a federal proposal to penalize them for using Medicaid gains steam with Republicans.
Study: Immigrants Have Lower Health-Care Costs Than People Born In US
A new study finds that immigrants have lower health-care costs than people born in the United States, meaning they are likely helping support public health insurance programs like Medicare. The report from researchers at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University examined all peer-reviewed studies since 2000 on immigrants’ health-care costs in the United States. It found that immigrants’ health-care expenditures were one-half to two-thirds those of people born in the U.S. (Sullivan, 8/8)
Mexican Tourist Denied Entry At Bush After Questions On Medicaid Use, Extensive Visits
Michelle Nicoll Gutierrez had often visited the United States legally since her mother married a retired U.S. Foreign Service official years ago and relocated from Mexico to Maryland. Nicoll Gutierrez’s toddler son was born here after she became ill during an extended stay late in her pregnancy. She was returning on another trip to celebrate her 42nd birthday when federal officials detained her at Bush Intercontinental Airport Saturday and denied her entrance, revoking her tourist visa, and barring her from returning for five years. (Kriel and Leinfelder, 8/8)