Fewer health care options for illegal immigrants

6:21 AM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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ALAMO, Texas (AP) - After health care reform is complete, states that have the most illegal immigrants could be left with a disproportionate number of uninsured people - and a financial burden.

Two-thirds of the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants live in eight states. None of them are covered by President Barack Obama's reform law.

So when the plan is fully implemented, illegal immigrants could make up a quarter of the uninsured.

Over the past decade, many illegal immigrants sought care at community clinics. But those clinics will also have to care for the newly insured. Some observers fear they won't be able to do both.

Hospitals are concerned that many immigrants will instead go to emergency rooms just as government funding for that care is cut.

The Associated Press

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