Rising healthcare costs put focus on illegal immigrants

USA Today, January 22, 2008
As the debate over the residency status of the nation's illegal immigrants boils, another battle is simmering over what benefits they deserve. Some of the most heated arguments on the issue focus on healthcare. Illegal immigrants can get emergency care through Medicaid, but they can't get non-emergency care unless they pay. One thing is clear--undocumented immigrants are driving up the number of people without health insurance.

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