Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Immigration interview cut from hospital reimbursement regulations

"Tennessee hospitals won't have to ask emergency room patients questions about their immigration status to get reimbursed for serving undocumented immigrants."

"A federal government plan that would have required such questions was scrapped last week. Hospital officials said they were pleased and relieved by the announcement, which means that Tennessee hospitals will receive $4.4 million over the next four years for providing such care, with none of those strings attached."

"State hospital officials, and those across the country, had opposed the plan to ask all indigent ER patients questions about their immigration status, saying it would deter sick patients from accessing care, potentially leading to bigger public health problems."

The Tennessean

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