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Illegals' Emergency Care Takes Toll on FL Medicaid

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Illegal immigrants aren't supposed to be covered under Medicaid except in emergencies. It turns out that emergency care adds up to a lot of money, as Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News reports.

A study by the Government Accountability Office says  the annual cost to Medicaid, counting both federal and state contributions, is $2 billion.  Data collected by Kaiser shows Florida spent $214 million on Emergency Medicaid for about 31,000 illegal immigrant patients in 2011. 

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