IMMIGRANT HEALTH HERE AND THERE

Check out the NYT‘s story today on the contrasting public health care given to patients who are uninsured and undocumented at Parkland and at Fort Worth’s JPS Health Network. Cliff’s Notes is that Parkland, which doesn’t ask immigration status, provides more care to low-income patients of any status, while in Fort Worth, the care for undocumented patients is pretty much limited to pregnancy.

In either place, it’s clear that the care-providers wind up holding the bag because the federal government won’t kick in its share of what is clearly a national, not a local or even state issue.

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